ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – After three years of negotiating with the city, APD officers voted Monday on a new contract that includes a 5 percent pay raise.
Union members voted until 5 p.m.
The votes will be counted throughout the evening.
City Council President ken Sanchez calls it a reinstatement rather than a raise. That’s because officers took a pay cut in 2010 and didn’t get a pay raise that had been previously negotiated.
The cost of the proposed raises to city taxpayers is $3.8 million.
Mayor R.J. Berry released the following statement in regards to the APD union vote:
“I am very pleased that our police officers voted to accept this contract that takes their cumulative pay increases since I took office to almost 12%, while ending the practice of taxpayers footing the bill for union business. I appreciate the efforts of the City Council for appropriating the funding and of the APOA and my staff for putting together a contract that makes sense for officers and our community.”