Don't give KC police 11 percent pay raise
The Kansas City Star
The Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners wants an 11 percent pay raise for its officers.
Mayor Sly James and the City Council shouldn’t support it.
These are the same police officers who are suing the city, trying to stop a joint city/police health care insurance plan from being put in place even though it could save taxpayers money.
Obviously, an 11 percent pay raise would be far higher than most raises being earned by the people of Kansas City - you know, the ones paying the salaries of the officers, the City Council and Mayor James.
Now, if KC’s officers want to join the city’s health insurance plan - and if the officers want to pledge they will support local control of the department in 2013 rather than carry through with a pledge to fight it tooth and nail - then that could be a starting point for serious negotiations on what kind of pay the officers should really get.
Yes, I know some of KC’s firefighters got 17 percent pay raises this year, thanks to a contract reached years ago with city officials, back when everyone hoped the economic hard times would be over by now.
But they aren’t.
James and the council should not have been as generous with the city funds just to keep labor peace with the firefighters.
And the elected officials shouldn’t kowtow to the police officers and their demands for an 11 percent pay raise, either.