The Baltimore police union voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject a city-proposed contract that would put patrol officers on a shift schedule preferred by commanders in exchange for future salary increases.
Two different units of the union voted to reject the contract by wide margins, 98 percent and 96 percent, respectively. Union officials had urged officers to vote down the offer.
After the vote, Fraternal Order of Police president Lt. Gene Ryan said union leaders “want to go back to the table and for the city to negotiate in good faith.”
Anthony McCarthy, spokesman for Mayor Catherine Pugh, said Thursday night that the mayor would discuss the outcome of the union vote with the police commissioner and city solicitor before responding.
The proposed contract would not have added civilians to trial boards for officers accused of misconduct, a provision that union officials have long rejected but that Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis have said was a top priority for the city in the contract negotiations.
The union’s bargaining team unanimously voted to reject the city’s offer, according to the materials provided to members.
T.J. Smith, a police department spokesman, declined to comment.
The proposed contract would have created a 28-day patrol schedule of three shifts of eight hours and 35 minutes each, under which officers would work five days, have off two, work four days and then have another two off, according to the materials provided to members. The contract would have been retroactive to July 1 of last year and last through June 30, 2019.
The contract would have eliminated a requirement that the department provide officers with 14 days’ notice of any change to their regular days off.
In exchange, officers would have received a one-time $500 bonus in lieu of a salary increase for last year, a 3 percent salary increase retroactive to this past July 1, and…