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Boston City Council Backs Big Police Raise

BOSTON — The Boston City Council on Wednesday afternoon unanimously backed a large — and controversial — pay hike for the city’s police patrolmen.

The raise — a 25.4 percent increase in total compensation, costing the city an estimated $87 million over six years — was recommended by an arbitrator after city officials and the patrolmen’s union failed to reach an accord. Its size made the award a contentious issue.

The arbitrator had said the patrolmen’s union deserved the raise, and that it would bring officers’ salaries in line with those of Boston firefighters.

The 13-member council voted 12-0 in favor of the pay hike. Councilor John Connolly was not present and did not vote.

“The base salary of a Boston police officer is simply just less than that of the Fire Department base salary,” Councilor Mike Ross told the WBUR Newsroom Wednesday evening, explaining his vote. “Not only that, it’s less than other police departments across the commonwealth.”

Councilors took turns speaking about the raise before casting their votes.

“For people watching, I know this award seems large,” Councilor Ayanna Pressley said, according to her prepared remarks. But, she added later, “I plan to vote in support of this award. My role was to determine whether the City of Boston should fund this award; to ask can we effectively pay for the balance of the contract handed down in binding arbitration.”

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  • sp113

    Are these people INSANE? Is this a blatant example of how out of control government spending and public sector unions are? And they have the nerve to talk to us about a tax increase? I guess we get the government we deserve, huh?

  • sp113

    “”…it would bring officers’ salaries in line with those of Boston firefighters.”

    How about we slow down future raises for the firefighters? That would bring the police in line with the fireman pretty quickly!

    • karelhunter

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    • SteveLB

      Until your house is burning down, or you’ve been in a car accident, or your child is missing… then you’d be for increasing their salaries

      • sp113

        So, if I don’t give them raises….firefighters won’t put out fires? (Or is it that they will all leave for the private sector?) Which is it? Or they will put the fire out faster if they are paid more?

        • SteveLB

          There you go. Your arrogant response shows how ignorant you are. I’ll explain my point bc you obviously aren’t bright enough to figure it out.
          The service that firefighters and policemen are providing you, are worth more than what most of them are currently receiving. Ignorant people like you only come to realize that when they are in need.
          They will put out fires, and rescue you either way.
          Do you understand smartass?

          • sp113

            There ya go! Calling other ignorant when they don’t agree with you. You’ll win lots of support that way!

            **The service that firefighters and policemen are providing you, are worth more than what most of them are currently receiving.**

            WRONG. They are doing it now for less….so apparently that what it’s worth. Maybe you should look up “worth”. What a willing party is willing to be paid for said service. They are doing it now…for less! So apparently thats what it’s worth!

            **Ignorant people like you only come to realize that when they are in need.**

            Boy, I thought you were going to explain it to me…instead you just found (let me count) four ways of calling names.

            How long have you been a firefighter or police scum?

          • Dowtin

            This is exactly how these liberals think….can’t argue with facts so call others names. SteveLB does not have a coherent response…..Maybe people like that will just go away….

  • karelhunter

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