Take this job and shove it?

It appears that money is becoming a hot topic in keeping the Saint Paul Police in town. The police union is even mockingly threatening a mass exodus of cops to other towns.

This from TwinCities.com

Will St. Paul be suffering an exodus of police officers to the suburbs, where they can get paid more?  That’s the specter presented by the police union in a radio ad being released today.  “It’s a short drive to Eden Prairie and Edina’s next door,” the ad begins with a man singing. “Cops from St. Paul can move to either and make thousands more.”

The sticking point for the union, which represents nearly 700 people, has been salary. The city has offered an annual 3.25 percent pay increase for 2008, 2009 and 2010, which is what the city’s other bargaining units accepted, city officials have said. The union is seeking an extra 2.37 percent boost in the final six months of the contract

The cities suggested raises translates to the following,

“The city’s proposal would have St. Paul officers with five years of experience making $66,866, compared with $79,064 for Eden Prairie and $70,459 for Edina, Shannon said. “

 I think the Saint Paul police do a great job, but it seems to me that almost 70k before overtime is a pretty nice salary. Is it fair for the police union to demand more money when everyone else is getting paltry raise or,as is often the case these days in the private sector, no raise at all?

What do you think?

2 Comments so far

  1. greg on August 19th, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

    I’ve heard this ad four times now on KTLK. The ad goes on to give us the Mayor’s direct phone line.

    Maybe the union should give the cops back some of the dues money they’re wasting on these ads? Just a thought.

  2. Erica M (ericam) on August 20th, 2008 @ 2:00 pm

    I’ll just say that a police officer’s job is a lot more difficult and dangerous than mine and if you want to assign salary accordingly, they deserve to be making more than they already are.

    Why shouldn’t they demand more money? They’re not in the same union. There might be other factors besides just salary. I don’t think they should not ask for more just because other city workers capitulated or didn’t ask themselves. They might get denied, but I don’t think the request is out of line.

    Not sure how or why Eden Prairie cops make that much more. That’s a big difference.

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