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LAPD officers ratify new two-year contract, union says

October 21, 2009 |  5:56 pm
Officers in the Los Angeles Police Department have voted to ratify a new two-year contract, the police union said today.

The agreement keeps the city from forcing officers to take furloughs in the middle of a severe budget crisis but also provides no raises, city officials said.

The contract received support from 87% of those who participated in the ratification process, according to a statement from the Police Protective League, which represents nearly 10,000 police officers.

The pact must still go before the City Council for a final vote. The agreement seeks to reduce the LAPD’s overtime costs by $45 million this year and $70 million next year, according to a report obtained by The Times.

The contract also aims to cut the amount spent on foreign-language bonuses for police and
reduce the pay offered to newly hired officers, the report says.

-- David Zahniser