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Buffalo Police Union Launches Ad Campaign

By Eileen Buckley, Howard Reidel

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo's police union has launched an advertising campaign to stir up public support for a raise. The contract between the city and the Police Benevolent Association includes a pay raise that was to be granted more than two years ago; that raise was not granted because the city's control board imposed a wage freeze on all city employees.

PBA president Bob Meegan says officers are very unhappy about the lack of a raise, and believes the control board has violated the police contract.

Meegan says the department's mood is "extermely ugly".

"They feel like they have been painted into a corner and there is no way out," said Meegan.

But for now, Meegan says the control board has not approached him to talk about the issue.

"They have not called me they have not asked to speak to me in any way, shape or form. I don't see that happening. That is strictly up to the mayor and control board whether this wage freeze stays in effect," noted Meegan.

The police union will appear in State Supreme Court on September 28 asking for the right to go on strike.