Boston Police Union, City Tentatively Agree to New 5-Year Contract

Dec. 1, 2023
The deal between the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association and the city came together during a "flurry of meetings over the last few days" and included Mayor Michelle Wu's direct participation.

The city has reached a deal with the largest union representing the Boston Police Department, the Herald has learned.

The city and the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association have reached a 5-year tentative contract deal that is pending ratification by the union members.

“We are glad to have reached a tentative agreement at the negotiating table for a five-year collective bargaining contract between the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association and the City of Boston,” Mayor Michelle Wu and BPPA President Larry Calderone said in a joint statement shared with the Herald.

“This tentative agreement reflects our shared focus on ensuring safety across every neighborhood and through community policing and providing necessary resources for the health and well-being of officers and their families. We are especially grateful to all the Boston Police officers who serve our city day and night with professionalism and dedication,” the statement continued.

The deal took place during a “flurry of meetings over the last few days” that included Wu’s direct participation, according to a source familiar with the matter, that finalized early Friday morning.

The basics of the deal, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter, include changes to arbitration rules, the officer discipline system, medical leave management, the detail system that has been under fire in recent months and “union retention time,” which is how union business is managed during official job time.

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