Houston City Council approves raise for police officers

Houston City Council approves raise for police officers

By Jasper Scherer

Houston City Council on Wednesday approved a 7 percent pay raise for police officers over two years, a deal that includes an option for a 2 percent “cost of living increase” for a third year if the two sides do not reach a new agreement.

The approval comes less than three weeks before Houston residents begin voting on a ballot item that proposes to grant firefighters pay “parity” with police officers of corresponding rank and seniority.

The measure, which will appear on the ballot as Proposition B, has proven contentious as Mayor Sylvester Turner seeks to convince voters the city cannot afford it, a claim hotly disputed by the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association, the union that negotiates contracts on behalf of the rank and file of the Houston Fire Department.

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