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Fairfax police union sues over pay freeze

Fairfax County’s police union filed a lawsuit last week against the county over frozen pay increases for long-serving officers.

The county’s longevity pay increase, along with merit and pay-for-performance increases, was eliminated for all employees last year to save $19.1 million. The cuts went into effect July 1.

The 900-person Fairfax Coalition of Police sent a letter in February to the 10-member Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, arguing that longevity pay was a “commitment made to our officers when they were hired.” The county’s personnel regulations state that public safety employees, including police and fire and rescue, should receive a 5 percent pay bump after employees have reached the top position in their pay grade and have worked 15 years, and a second pay increase after 20 years.

The county has said the cuts were necessary because of budget constraints.

— Derek Kravitz

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 4, 2010; 5:20 PM ET
Categories:  Fairfax , Politics , Virginia  
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Poor babies. GMU hasn't had pay raises in 3 years.

Posted by: steve1231 | June 5, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

After a Fairfax officer reaches 8 years on... they do not get another pay raise until they hit 15 years and then one more at 20.

So GMU should be happy they received a raise just three years ago because Fairfax officers hitting 15 years have not had one for the past 7.

The county regulations had stated that the employee shall receive a raise at 15 years.

I am told this was done to keep people from jumping ship with no hope to ever see a pay raise. Before that... you could do 25 years and get no raise for the remaining 17 years of service.

The county is now failing to honor what they promised to all those officers that took the job or stayed beyond that initial 8 years of service.

So this is really not about, boo hoo GMU not getting a raise. It is about a local government not doing what they said they would. All those officers with 15 years on are about to be cheated out of a raise they had coming.

Posted by: AceVentura | June 7, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Officers of the Fairfax County Police Department have been denied many raises over the years. In the 90's we experienced a similar recession. We lost raises then. They were never given back. Over a career, officers lost thousands of dollars

Some who were supposed to reach top pay at 8 yrs, waited to 12 yrs. There is a one year hold after 8 yrs. Currently, history is repeating itself.

The "merit" raises are not pay raises. They are recognizing your longevity service to the county. They are mandated by county personnel regulations. If they were pay raises then the whole department would receive them.

We have been poorly served by those who are supposed to look out for us. Our pay and benefits lag behind many. Fairfax County used to set the standard; now they like to be average or below average.

Those who serve and completed their 15th and 20th years deserve their merit pay.

Posted by: soprano55 | June 11, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

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