Baltimore police officers reject proposed contract

August 25, 1994|By Michael James | Michael James,Sun Staff Writer

Baltimore's rank-and-file police officers last night rejected a proposed contract that would have given them an 8 1/4 percent pay raise over the next two years, but higher-ranking officers approved the raise, police union officials said.

Officers turned down the contract by a 550-365 vote, while supervisors -- sergeants and lieutenants -- approved it 118-97, said Officer Gary McLhinney, a national trustee for the Fraternal Order of Police.

He said the union will be returning to the negotiating table.

Officers' salaries start at $23,000 a year and top off at about $34,000 a year. Union officials have blamed salaries and lack of raises for an exodus of officers in the past year.

"There's still a strong sentiment among the officers that we're being tossed table scraps while others are getting prime rib," said Lt. Chuck Milland, vice president of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 3.

The city offer is the second voted on by police officers, who have been working under contract extensions since July 1.

The latest offer provided for more money -- 3 percent the first year and 5 1/4 percent the second -- and also included modifications in Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier's controversial rotation policy that officers with seniority, or who are close to retirement, will not have to be transferred, union officials said.

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