Seventy-nine percent of the Police Officers Association’s members voted to ratify a contract with the city that will restore officers’ wages to 2009 levels. The agreement, which comes after a weeklong vote, will phase in a 10-percent raise through 2015, making up for salary cuts over the past few years.
“The POA continues to believe that additional steps will have to be taken to slow or stop the exodus of San Jose Police Officers leaving to work for other agencies,” POA Vice President John Robb said in a statement.
For years now, the San Jose Police Department has struggled to retain officers. Six veteran cops resigned this past week, according to the POA. Meanwhile, many new hires—cadets fresh out of academy training—have opted to defect to departments in other cities that offer better disability benefits.
“Given the very high risks associated with police work, these newly hired officers have felt compelled to purchase their own disability insurance through a private insurance company,” said James Gonzales, a POA board member. “This is unacceptable.”
The City Council is slated to vote on the tentative labor agreement Dec. 10.
“We are pleased that this pay restoration will put some money in the pockets of those officers that made the difficult decision to stay and continue to serve the residents of San Jose, Gonzales said.