With the passage and implementation of the City of Raleigh’s budget on July 1, police officers represented by Teamsters Local 391 are expected to see pay increases of anywhere from 3 percent to 13 percent. The new budget also increases the starting base salary for police to $40,000 annually.

“Congratulations to all of our brothers and sisters in uniform who lobbied the city council, lobbied the city manager and educated the public about the importance of these increases,” said Local 391 Vice President and Business Agent Rick Armstrong. “It took three years and a lot of hard work from our members and shop stewards to get these raises implemented, but it paid off.”

The pay increases are expected to dramatically reduce turnover in the city of Raleigh. Armstrong noted that many of the suburbs surrounding the city pay around $5,000-$6,000 more annually per year, and that Raleigh was losing a significant number of officers to surrounding small towns shortly after their graduation from the police academy.