NYC Police Negotiations/Martin Rosenfeld, JDrbitration

Posted on November 8, 2015


Last week, the Police Union of NYC and its employer, The City of New York, brought a contract dispute to arbitration. At issue was the extent of a raise due to City police officers. The award was determined to be a 1% raise for a two-year period. Immediately there was speculation about how this would impact on the already shaky relationship between the Mayor on NYC and the city’s police officers. Talks of a police slowdown began emerging. Certainly going to arbitration is better than almost all other option option. It is clearly better than litigation. But is it better than mediation? There is no guarantee that mediation would have been successful but it surely merited a try. In this case, it is likely that mediation could have laid a proper groundwork for Win-Win negotiations. Arbitration did not accomplish as much in this dispute.

Mediate don’t litigate. And yes, mediate don’t arbitrate.