Unions representing superior officers in the NYPD had looked with some trepidation at a key goal each had entering this contract round: how to match the 2.25-percent “extra” raise the Police Benevolent Association negotiated three years ago without severely compressing the pay scale for their ranks, as that union did to even out the costs to the de Blasio administration.

PBA presidents over the years have argued that their obligation is to negotiate for those they already represent, not future members. Those leading superior-officer unions, in contrast, on numerous occasions during the past three decades have been unseated after making deals that hurt officers subsequently promoted into their ranks in order to take care of incumbent members.

It looks to us like the tentative Captains Endowment Association contract did a good balancing act, leaving the pay scale intact and “funding” the extra 2.25 percent primarily by stretching out the contract three months and giving up one vacation day (out of 27 a year) for all members.

It offers the other “superiors” a guidepost for their own deals.

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