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Alternative Dispute Resolution Arbitration Leads to Police Pay Hike

Thursday, July, 7, 2011

Alternative dispute resolution arbitration resulted this week in a retroactive salary increase for police officers in Clarkstown, New York.  The state arbitration panel decided in favor of the officers and granted them an award representing a 3.4 per cent pay hike for both 2009 and 2010.


Alternative Dispute Resolution Arbitration Panel Rejected Salary Freeze


The two sides were deadlocked over salary, with the town of Clarkstown wanting a salary freeze for the two years in question, while the Police Benevolent Association was asking for a pay increase of 5.5 per cent.  The arbitration panel looked at all the facts in the case and admitted that Clarkstown police officers were already highly paid in comparison to police forces nationwide; according to the town, the average local police officer salary was already $142,000 per year.


Countering that argument was the contention by the police association representatives that the town could afford the increase because it possessed a high bond rating.  The town disputed that, citing issues such as challenges of tax collection and decreased revenues in the current economic climate.


In the end, however, the government arbitration panel sided with the officers, granting them most of their requested increase.  The award settled only the previous years at issue; the town of Clarkstown will still need to negotiate a current year contract with the police officers' union.