Boynton Beach police officers call out sick in hopes of raise

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Contract negotiations continue between the city of Boynton Beach and the police department. So far, no officers have called out for any of Wednesday's shifts. A difference from Tuesday when 17 officers called out sick.

The contentious negotiations and discussion have been ongoing for months between the city and the police department. They're working to come to a resolution.

The Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association said it wants to work with the city's proposed 3% salary increase. But it wants more say as to the distribution, to make it more equitable for employees based on how long they've worked with the department.

Tuesday, the department went into what's called an alternative deployment schedule. Specialty units helped road patrol officers after 17 officers called out sick over two shifts.

"The PBA doesn't authorize, condone, any abuses of sick leave if that's what's going on.  And if people are able to go to work, we encourage them to go to work," said Gary Lippman, the Attorney for the Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association.

The Boynton Beach city mayor says, 27% of officers made more than $100,000 last year and the starting salary here is competitive at about $43,000.

City Commissioner David Merker said he thinks the back and forth between the groups is unprofessional and mars the image of the city. He called the situation "childish."

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