Seattle Council approves police union contract with 23% pay bump

The previous SPOG contract expired in 2020, and the city and police union have been locked in protracted negotiations since. The contract ratified Tuesday is entirely retroactive, covering 2021-2023 to provide about $57 million in back pay for SPD’s approximately 915 sworn officers. The city is in ongoing negotiations with SPOG for the next contract, to be effective beginning in 2024.

City officials — many of whom ran on promises to re-staff the Seattle Police Department — wanted to provide the pay bump to help stanch the wave of officer departures and incentivize new recruits.

“Today’s an important day because it shows our commitment not just to the men and

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