NEW YORK — New York’s mayor has called for the police union’s pay to be paid “fair share.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio made the comments Monday after meeting with members of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and police union President Paul Piff, a day after he announced the union’s offer to the city.
The union has previously said it will pay $2.4 million annually to the mayor, the majority of which would go toward his administration’s efforts to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2024.
The IACP and Piff are expected to meet Tuesday with city officials, police unions and city officials from across the city to hammer out a deal on how the city will pay for police training.
“As a mayor of New York, I want our police officers to be safe and to serve as our nation’s first responders,” de Blasio said Monday.
“I want to make sure we have the resources we need to protect them and to help them succeed.
I will continue to support this effort.”
The union’s announcement comes as the city is in the middle of a labor dispute between its officers and management over wages and benefits.
The dispute centers around a $2 million increase in the police pay, which the union says was denied to the department by the mayor.
The department has also said that the union is seeking more than $3 million in pay raises and raises in the range of 1 percent to 3 percent over the next three years, but the union has said it is willing to offer more.
The city has also recently released an annual audit of the NYPD’s performance.
The police union said it was ready to pay the city back in full if the city offered it more money.