Thursday’s announcement that San Jose’s Firefighters union, Local 230, had tentatively agreed to a 10 percent cut in total compensation was the first domino to tip in labor negotiations with the city. On Friday, the city received a proposal containing concessions from five other unions.
The San Jose Coalition that made a proposal to the city on Friday represents the following five unions: Association of Building, Mechanical and Electrical Inspectors (ABMEI), Association of Engineers and Architects, Local 21 (AEA), Association of Maintenance Supervisory Personnel (AMSP), City Association of Management Personnel, Local 21 (CAMP), and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 332.
Acceptance of the proposal would allow the city to make a 10 percent cut in the five unions’ employees’ total compensation through June 2013, while also providing second-tier pension reform.
The firefighters’ agreement included the same cut in compensation but did not address pension reform or sick leave payouts. Those negotiations will be worked out at a later date.
An excerpt from the proposal:
San Jose Coalition
AEA, LOCAL 21
CAMP, LOCAL 21
March 4, 2011
This is a PACKAGE PROPOSAL. This PACKAGE PROPOSAL is submitted in an attempt to reach a settlement in these extraordinary economic circumstances facing the City of San Jose.
In the event this PACKAGE PROPOSAL is not accepted by the City of San Jose, the foregoing labor organizations and coalition reserves the right to modify, edit or amend any future proposals, including but not limited to, the effective dates of the specific changes.
TERM AND COMPENSATION
2 Year Term
July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2013
We propose to make permanent and ongoing the 10% total compensation reduction agreed to in the 2010-2011 MOA’s, inclusive of health care concessions. The 10% reduction would be deducted from member paychecks in the same manner as it is now.
City to estimate the percentage of the Health Care Savings by including Premium Cost Sharing, Health Care Increased Co-Pays, Payment In-Lieu of Health and Dental Insurance and Dual Coverage Reduction. (City Estimate)
For ABMEIAll terms of the previous expired MOA dated December 11, 2007 December 10, 2009 shall be included in the 2011-2013 MOA. ABMEI would match the same formula as the rest of the coalition members and make permanent and ongoing a 10% total compensation reduction. Should any City employee bargaining unit not covered by Charter Section 1111, represented or unrepresented, reach an MOA with the City that provides less than a 10% total compensation concession, as directed by the San Jose City Council, the lower compensation concession, in any form or manner, will be applied to the bargaining units in this Coalition Package.