The raise agreed to by the Portland Police Commanding Officers Association (PPCOA)? As of July 1, it'll be 3 percent. Police commanders also will be allowed to qualify for a 1 percent bump, also like their junior officers, if they meet certain fitness standards.
And, yes, they'll get their piss tested, too. The PPCOA has agreed to the same regimen of random substance abuse testing. Its members also promise not to challenge last year's improvements to civilian police oversight. Further, members will now contribute a slightly larger share of their salaries to paying for future retirement benefits.
In all, the three-year contract (which technically would start, retroactively, July 1, 2010) will cost the city a little more than $420,000, beyond any cost-of-living pay increases.
Movement on the deal started last year, but was quiet—a far cry from the community's intense interest in the latest Portland Police Association contract. Officials tell me, in fact, that much of the substantial work on the PPCOA deal came earlier this year, after the PPA contract was all but drafted.
But while PPA members were given a 2 percent pay hike—plus money for working odd shifts, graduating college, and being physically fit—to buy off their nod on drug testing (kinda) and oversight (sorta), city officials say the PPCO raises are based solely on what commanders make in comparable cities like Fresno, Seattle, and Sacramento. In 2008, the commanders received a 7.5 percent pay boost.
"As we assessed where we stood with the PPCOA unit," says Steve Herron, the city's lead labor negotiator—in the parlance of a fellow who just spent the past year of his life negotiating contracts with every single city bargaining unit, "our analysis was we trailed the market significantly enough that it warranted an adjustment."
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