City, union leaders extend police contract another year during coronavirus chaos

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia police union has extended its contract with the city for one year, as both sides agreed to put off negotiations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Negotiations started a few months back, but over the weekend, city leaders and union officials from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 agreed to extend the contract another year — with a 2.5% pay raise for officers and 2.25% increase for sheriffs, starting May 1.

“We did this now so our employees could focus on the health crisis on hand rather than months of contract negotiations,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

The Register of Wills will also receive a 2% raise.

Each police officer will also get a $750 bonus. Sheriffs will get a $400 bonus.

As part of the deal, the city will oversee harassment claims, rather than the police department itself.

“Under this extension, allegations of harassment or discrimination will be investigated by the Employees Relations Unit, of the Office of Labor Relations, rather than by the police department,” added Kenney. “We are still interested in seeking discipline and other operation reforms in a long-term contract, which would be negotiated next