The union representing nearly 10,000 rank-and-file Los Angeles Police Department officers announced today that plans were being finalized for its members to ratify a tentative labor agreement it reached with the city.
But Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, said the "small bits of information about the contract" that were "leaked" to the media are "incomplete and misleading."
Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council President Herb Wesson announced late Tuesday that a tentative deal had been reached with the LAPPL.
They did not release details of the tentative agreement. However, a source familiar with the labor negotiations said the agreement would not include cost-of-living increases for most employees, but would raise starting annual salaries by $7,000 -- to about $57,000 -- beginning in January.
The proposed contract would also increase the amount the city would pay in overtime from an initially budgeted $30 million to $70 million, according to the source.
The city would also start paying down overtime that was banked over the past few years, the source said.
The tentative contract would extend a labor pact that expired Monday night by one year.
Izen declined to comment on terms of the proposed contract, saying "it is our belief that our membership should hear the complete details about the MOU from the League, not the media."
Izen said the union was "disappointed that someone at City Hall thought otherwise," but it will follow the "terms of the negotiations process and our commitment to our membership" and not disclose details about the agreement.
"The dates and times for ratifications are being arranged, and the details of the tentative agreement will be presented and fully discussed at those sessions with our members," he said.
Garcetti said Tuesday he was "very pleased we have reached a fiscally responsible tentative agreement that maximizes the deployment of our police officers and ensures that the LAPD remains competitive and able to recruit the best officers to maintain our historic low crime levels."
--City News Service