Law Enforcement/Public Safety them. Last week Airport Police officers voted to approve a tentative agreement after working without a mutually agreed upon contract for six years. While the contract still requires the final approval of the city council, over 400 police officers and firefighters assigned to LAX, Van Nuys and Ontario airports voted to approve a contract that includes a first raise of 6.7% that will take effect in June 2016 followed by 2% raises in July 2017 and January 2018. Officers will not receive raises or cost of living allowances for years 2014 and 2015. The contract if approved will run through June 30, 2018. This contract is the result of tedious mediations to achieve a global settlement agreement in an effort to resolve several open employee grievances, unfair labor practices and a pending lawsuit. In exchange, this contract improves the starting salary to the same amount as all other police agencies in Los Angeles, includes a $500 increased uniform allowance and a safety tier retirement with a .14% increased pension formula, which was a counter offer to bring Airport Police officers to the same retirement level as the City’s other two police agencies. In addition, LAAPOA members will have to contribute more money to the cost of medical, pension and retiree health. LAAPOA is currently awaiting an actuarial report from the City Administrative Officer that would give Airport Police officers the same retirement as employees of the Department of Water and Power-but not equal to the LAPD or L.A. Port Police. “With the tentative agreement in place to bring Airport Police officers 20 retirement benefits to at least match DWP employees we’re headed in the right direction but we’re far from achieving equal pay and benefits for our officers at the airport,” said Marshall McClain. “All we’re asking for is to be treated equally.” All funds used to pay for LAXPD officers are derived from airport feesnone of the funds come from City monies. Taxes will not go up if Airport Police officers are compensated the same as other City police agencies. The Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA) represents the sworn police officers and firefighters of the Los Angeles Airport Police Department assigned to protect and serve Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), LA/Ontario International Airport (ONT) and Van Nuys Airport (VNY). For more information on LAAPOA, please visit laapoa.com.