Philadelphia police get temporary contract

July 10, 2008 10:30:53 AM PDT
The Philadelphia police union has signed a one-year contract with the city to help cut overall costs while still police a small wage increase. Mayor Michael Nutter says the purpose of the one-year agreement is to buy time to work out more details.

He says the contract cuts costs by reducing the per capita payment the city makes to the union healthcare fund. He says it doesn't cut benefits for more than 6,700 active members of the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police.

The temporary contract also gives workers two 2 percent wage increases over the next year.

Nutter says the contract is a win for taxpayers, for the city administration, and for the police union.