LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — After months of negotiations, the city of Los Angeles and the union representing its police officers announced a tentative contract agreement Friday that would provide cost-of-living salary increases for the next three years.
According to the city, the proposed contract would not provide any increases for 2014 or 2015, but calls for a 4 percent cost-of-living adjustment in July 2016, followed by a 2 percent increase in July 2017 and another 2 percent in January 2018.
The deal also includes a 5 percent increase in health-care subsidies, a $500 increase in annual uniform allowance and an optional overtime buy-down and increase in cash overtime.
The contract would last through June 20, 2018.
“We are very pleased we have negotiated a fair and responsible contract for our police officers,” according to a joint statement from Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Council President Herb Wesson and Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally. “The men and women of the LAPD put themselves in harm’s way to protect the people of Los Angeles every day, and this contract will allow us to continue to recruit and retain the very best police officers.
The LAPPL represents roughly 9,900 officers. The league’s president, Craig Lally, said they were pleased to have the tentative agreement after eight months of uncertainty.
“We believe this proposed contract includes a number of terms that reconcile the impasse and is a positive outcome for both the City and the officers who protect it. The terms deservedly mark a step forward in adequately compensating the world’s finest law enforcement agency,” Lally said in a statement.
The contract still needs to be approved by the union’s members, and by the City Council.