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Home > Leadership > Mayor > Archived Press Releases > 2015 Archives > June 2015 > Tentative Agreement with The Buffalo Police Benevolent Association

Tentative Agreement with The Buffalo Police Benevolent Association


Mayor Brown says contract continues his commitment to prudent fiscal management and secures a residency requirement for new Police Officers

June 12, 2015 – Mayor Byron W. Brown has announced that his administration has reached a tentative 10-year agreement with the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association.

“It's good for the taxpayers, good for the men and women in uniform, and good for the residents of the City of Buffalo,” said Mayor Brown.  "This new contract provides fiscal certainty with respect to Police wages, secures important cost-saving concessions for the future, and will change the makeup of the Buffalo Police Department of the future by requiring new hires to be stakeholders in our community.”

This tentative contract, effective July 1, 2009 and lasting through June 30, 2019, provides PBA members with an overall 16.5% salary increase over 10 years, including three years without any increase in wages. In return, the PBA agreed to concessions and benefit reductions for future employees, including:

  • New hires will not be eligible for the high cost 901 Health Insurance Plan
  • New hires will be placed on a new seven step wage schedule
  • New hires will be required to reside within the City of Buffalo for the first seven years of their careers as Police Officers (this provision will be extended for a longer time period in successor agreements)
  • Overtime procedures will be adjusted to reduce overtime costs

The tentative contract also includes several measures that Mayor Brown considers “the right thing to do,” including:

  • Providing additional benefits to the surviving spouse and dependent children of officers killed in the line of duty
  • Closing a loophole that prevented United States Military Veterans from using their active duty time toward their service credits for purposes of securing retiree health insurance

The contract will be subject to a ratification vote of PBA members in early July, and, assuming it is ratified, will be reviewed by the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority and then sent to the Buffalo Common Council for its required approval. Mayor Brown stated, "This contract is another great example of how effective labor negotiations can provide the City with long term fiscal stability and certainty, while also achieving meaningful reforms that will improve City services well into the future.”  The City of Buffalo will be the only major City in New York State with a residency requirement for its Police Officers if the agreement is approved.

 The contract represents the fourth major union contract reached in just over two years.  Since July of 2013, the City has reached long-term contracts with Local 282 (Fire), Local 264-T (Teamsters), Local 650 (White Collar), and now with the PBA.