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Wage Reductions Announced for Police Union

News release about stalemate reached in contract negotiations with Albuquerque Police Officers' Association.

Mayor Richard J. Berry implemented a wage reduction Friday for all members of the Albuquerque Police Officers' Association after a stalemate was reached in the negotiation process.

"This decision was not easy," Mayor Berry said. "People need to understand, in no way is this a reflection on the quality of officers who work tirelessly for our city and this community. This is a sign of tough fiscal times."

Under the wage reduction, all police union members will receive a 2.41 percent reduction in salaries. Additionally all police union employees will be paying 20 percent of their health insurance instead of 17 percent. These changes will be implemented during the first full pay period of this year and will be reflected on the July 23 pay checks. The wage reduction will save $2 million.

Even with the pay reduction, on average, Albuquerque police officers are still making 5.1 percent more than they did when Mayor Berry took office in December. On Jan. 1, Mayor Berry signed a 7.5 percent pay increase for police union members.

Similar Measure

On Thursday, Mayor Berry announced a similar wage reduction for the fire union and implemented a sliding scale for the city's non-union employees in which the highest paid would receive a 3.5 percent wage reduction. The 2.47 percent wage reduction for the fire union was implemented after a stalemate was reached with the Albuquerque Area International Association of Firefighters Local 244.

Under a budget that was approved by the City Council last month and signed by Mayor Berry, $8 million in wages must be trimmed. The budget was trimmed to make up for a potential $66 million shortfall. The Berry Administration has been in negotiations with the city's seven labor unions for several months. Negotiations are still continuing with the five American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees unions.