Pay and Benefits
We need your money back E-mail
Written by Mark Nichols   

If you're sick of hearing about Wall St. versus Main St., then get in line. The kicker is, it's going to get worse, a lot worse, before it gets any better. Atlanta, Georgia was until very recently a shining beacon of commercial development, with low rates of unemployment, and large numbers of young, skilled workers wishing to move there.

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The gains we've made come from our unity E-mail
Written by Patrick J. Lynch   

Today is a time of almost unprecedented fiscal austerity, which makes it an even more remarkable achievement than it seemed in August when our union representing 24,000 New York City patrol officers, reached a contract agreement with the city. It was the first contract achieved across the bargaining table since the 1991-95 round.

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Nail everything to the floor E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

If Omaha City officials get their wishes, a state labor court would draw up a police contract that would dramatically alter officers' pay and benefits, affecting both working and retired cops alike. Under the proposed changes, it could take as many six years longer for officers to reach the highest pay scale than under the current plan. But that's just the beginning. Health benefits could vanish for officers who retire under the new contract and pensions might be calculated to exclude wages earned from overtime, comp time or holiday pay. Witnesses for the city mentioned all those possibilities on the first day of testimony in state labor court.

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Why Social Security Is A Loser For Public Safety E-mail
Written by POLICEPAY Journal   
October, 2008

Social Security is rigged against public safety employees.  Most police officers and firefighters are not covered by Social Security. I will not take the time to explain why there is not uniformity.  Everyone is covered by Medicare.  What we will be discussing is the 6.2% portion of FICA that is withheld from an employee’s paycheck and is matched by the employer.
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New IRS rules threaten public sector retirement programs E-mail
Written by NAPO   

Submitted by NAPO, National Association of Police Organizations
October 2008

Last year, the IRS, in response to several press articles on struggling public sector pension plans, decided governmental plans needed additional federal oversight and it would significantly increase audits of these defined benefit plans. 
NAPO and several other public pension stakeholder organizations took issue with the IRS’s plan to increase audits on public pension plans and its reasoning for doing so.

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Pay to play policing E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

In some parts of the country there is a tremendous debate about the loss of jobs of certified peace officers as the result of the trend of smaller communities contracting out police services to other agencies or private contractors. But in Harris County Texas, deputies are wearing both hats – county law enforcement professional and “contract deputy.”

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One Year, No Raise E-mail
Written by APB Staff   

Things are tough all over, and the law enforcement professionals working in Pharr, Texas know it all too well. But they’re willing to do their part in terms of belt tightening just as long as they’re not the only ones making sacrifices: according to local labor union officials, their officers didn’t even bother to ask for raises during recent negotiations with the city.

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NYPD gets a raise E-mail
Written by Cynthia Brown   

A state arbitration panel has awarded New York City patrol officers a ground-breaking contract giving them 4.5 and 5 percent raises for the two-year period covering 2004 through 2006. Patrick J. Lynch, serving his third four-year term as New York City PBA president, told a meeting of union delegates that there are several historic components to the award that make it notable and that make it one that can be built on in the future.

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We've got to ban together to fight the cuts E-mail
Written by Ron DeLord   

In recent months there have been several stories in Texas concerning the rising costs of the state’s municipal pension fund and costs to provide attorneys to officers sued in the performance of their duties, and I think we will see more articles on the need to reduce health insurance as the budgets are prepared this fall. Not mentioned will be the reason police officers must have health insurance, pensions and need to be protected from frivolous lawsuits. The recession aggravates the media hype but the bottom line in my opinion is “benefit envy.”

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Coming to terms on pay E-mail
Written by APB staff   

“I’ve got to look at what’s good for the entire organization and at the same time, solve the problems in the police department,” Richard Morton said. “And, upon looking at the numbers, our salaries compared to other cities, it was apparent we were short on starting officer pay.” These remarkable words were spoken by the Odessa, Texas city manager as he announced a pay raise of close to 14 percent for the city’s cops.

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$10 billion in the hole E-mail
Written by by Mark Nichols   
The City of Chicago has a big problem - the four pension funds that city workers are counting on to have when they retire have a whopping $10 billion in unfunded liabilities. The situation is so dire that Mayor Daley established a commission to study the problem and come up with some solutions.
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