(Memphis) Around lunchtime you couldn’t miss the large crowd of Memphis Police officers holding signs at the corner of Poplar and Ridgeway. It’s Memphis Police Association’s second rally in the past several weeks, where they hope to put pressure on the city.
“We’re not going to go anywhere. We are going to continuously stay out here even after all this is over, we’re going to continue to show a presence,” said MPA president Mike Williams.
Several dozen officers along with family members were out holding signs. MPA is one of many employee associations that are in the midst of negotiations with the city administration. Unions have been clear about asking the city to restore the 4.6% that was cut from city workers pay nearly 2 years ago.
“It kills the officers morale because we have the police department administration saying we need to do more, you want us to work more, you want us to confront criminals more but you want to take more away from us,” added Williams.
Currently MPA is in a 7 day “cooling off period” before they ask the city council for a full impasse. If the city and unions cannot come to an agreement a city council committee will hear from both sides.