APD officers to review new contract, finally

Posted at: 12/13/2013 7:29 PM
By: Ryan Luby, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Albuquerque police officers will be able to review and decide on a new contract beginning this weekend, according to the Albuquerque Police Officers’ Association, or APOA.

President Stephanie Lopez said the association’s negotiator received a full copy of the proposed contract Friday afternoon.

She and city leaders are prohibited from discussing the details of it, but she described it as a compromise.

“It is reasonable. I don't want to say it’s what we're looking for, but it's a step in the process of getting the small portion back of the big amount that has been taken from us,” Lopez said.

Ever since the last contract was negotiated in 2008, she said officers have lost roughly 11-percent of their income – a 2.4-percent pay cut in 2010, reduced retirement benefits, and increased costs of healthcare.

Lopez said she refused to ask the officers to vote on a new contract without being able to review every single line of it, including items that were added and removed.

“Yes, I want them to see everything in its entirety that needs to be addressed and how they need to be able to see it for themselves, not just [rely] on somebody's word,” she said.

Lopez said once APOA leaders post the contract proposal in police substations, officers will have 10 days to review it before they should expect to vote on it.

Albuquerque city leaders declined to comment on the contract proposal.