Boston Cops Get 14.5% Raise, Still Plan Picket

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A Massachusetts arbitrator yesterday awarded Boston's police union 14.5 percent raises over four years, splitting the difference between the amount union leaders were demanding and an offer from Mayor Thomas Menino. The judgment settles a two-year dispute with the most lucrative contract given to any city union in the current round of negotiations. It will not bring Menino labor peace during next week's Democratic National Convention, union leaders vowed. The patrolmen's association still plans to protest at parties Menino will hold to welcome convention delegates on Sunday night and at other convention-week events . . .

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