NEW YORK (PIX11) — Sources tell PIX11 News that this is pure coincidence, that this happened on Thursday, the same day the UFT and the city came to a preliminary agreement.
The State’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) Thursday informed the PBA union that is has granted its declaration of impasse.
PERB has appointed a mediator to assist the parties to reach an accord.
The PBA doesn’t comment on other union contracts, but when asked about contracts, PBA president Pat Lynch, did have something to say on Thursday during a Q and A before news of the impasse and also before news of the UFT agreement.
“What’s been officered for New York City police officers doesn’t solve the problem,” said Lynch.
Hours later, the Mayor and the UFT announced a preliminary agreement after five years without a contract. It is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s first union contract that could serve as a template for about 150 other unions working on expired contracts.
Under the 9 year UFT contact, teachers will receive back pay equivalent to nearly 8 percent of their salaries, and raises.
“Teachers now have a fair deal moving forward,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
On the same day, according to the PBA, The State’s Public Employment Relations Board granted its declaration of impasse, appointing a mediator.
Three of the PBA’s last four contracts were decided by the Public Employment Relations Board in binding arbitration.
The Mayor’s office did not return our request for comment on the impasse.
The State’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) is empowered to facilitate the resolution of contract disputes between the city and the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
According to the PBA, three of the last four contracts were decided by PERB in binding arbitration and the last contract, which lasted for four years and expired on August 1, 2010, was achieved through negotiations between the Bloomberg administration and the PBA.
In a press release, PBA president Patrick J. Lynch said:
“We are pleased that PERB has recognized the need to appoint a mediator to facilitate meaningful negotiations between the parties. Our officers are already among the lowest paid big-city police officers in the country. Now, the city wants us to take another three years with no raise and that is simply unacceptable. We look forward to participating in good faith in non-binding mediation in the hopes of achieving an agreement.”