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PBA Members Vote to File Suit over Wage Freeze

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo police union says it will sue the city over a wage freeze implemented by the Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority.

Buffalo Police Benevolent Association President Robert Meegan says they were "blind-sided" by the control board's vote on the wage freeze. Thursday night, PBA members gathered and voted in favor of launching a lawsuit against the city. The freeze stops all promised pay increases.

Under the current police contract, officers are due a 3.4 percent pay raise by July 1st. But Meegan says last summer's State Supreme Court ruling in favor of the union says the the contract guarantees police pay raises.

"We have a Supreme Court judgement regarding our contract," Meegan said. "Therefore, we expect full and total compliance. The control board, as they fully realize, are still going through with their actions. But they do not have any standing on a Supreme Court judgement."

The contract deal was signed last year between the city and union that created one-man police cars. Meegan says it's a "fairness issue" because his officers agreed to those patrols.

"The officers have taken on an added risk," Meegan said. "They expect a payment in full, and we are sure the courts are going to agree with the PBA position."

The PBA says the control board and the city must abide by the union's contract.