Anchorage cops have joined firefighters in agreeing to forgo some pay raises as the city confronts a budget shortfall, according to a new labor deal negotiated with the administration of Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and the local police union.
Officials say the deal, if approved by the Anchorage Assembly, will save the city about $1 million over the next three years. The contract is between the city and the Anchorage Police Department Employees Association.
Police union members will still see annual raises of 1.5 percent 2019 and 2020. An officer who retires in 2018 is also still eligible for a raise of the same amount. The Berkowitz administration reached a similar deal with the city's fire union earlier this year. City manager Bill Falsey said the city and its employees are all "adjusting to economic reality."