No raises for police?

In Bernardsville, the town council says it wants to give cops no pay raises over two years. When times are tough, this is the norm in private industry, but not so much in the public sphere.

It will be interesting to see how this turns out.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

3 Responses to No raises for police?

  1. P says:

    Unless the legislature changes the law this will go to Arbitration and the person hearing the two sides will give the union the standard 4% increase with very little or no changes to anything else. Then, the town council has to decide if it will keep the police department’s salary budget flat and force the chief to chop a few members of the force to make up for the increases. It should be a no-brainer, but they’ll cave. Anyone want to bet a green beer on the outcome?

  2. Steph says:

    Before we all start feeling bad for these municipal employees, let’s ask what their annual salary is first. An officer making 75K before overtime I’m sure will survive a pay freeze. If the city funds are tight, its the responsible thing to do.

  3. Edward France says:

    Fred, along with the teachers unions these groups have to smell the coffee. The taxpayers ate not getting raises where they work. Many taxpayets are being laid off and are having troulbe finding new jobs. There is no money for raises. The police do a valuable job. They keep us safe. But we are in an era of declining income. The towns have been giving out contracts with cost of living raises, free health benifits, free pensions, uniform allowence, vacation pay, hoiliday pay, sick day payouts for unused days, and then there is all of the overtime. Word needs to get out that the gravy train has run out of fuel. No more easy freebees and blank checks. We are all in this together. There is less money to burn these days.

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