After a week of tension as members of the San Jose Police Officers Association voted to accept or decline cuts in pay, benefits, sick leave and retirement, and in effect save the jobs of 156 officers, San Jose cops agreed to concessions by a 674-429 vote, POA Vice President Jim Unland said. The City Council unanimously approved the terms of the agreement on Tuesday.
The POA agreed, with 61 percent of membership in favor, to give up 10 percent in pay and benefits for one year and give up control of airport security to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s office, while a no-layoff clause goes into effect for one year, Unland said. The compensation cut will also last for one year while the city and union continue to work on retirement and sick leave payout reform.
No future meetings for negotiations are currently scheduled, Unland said. The POA is the last of the city’s 11 unions to come to terms in labor negotiations.
While there was relief amongst union officials that jobs will be saved, the city’s $115 million budget shortfall will still require police officers to be laid off for the first time in the city’s history.
“I think it’s realistically around 100 (officers) right now,” Unland said. “They’re going to get laid off unless the City Council finds some one-time money to save those jobs. Our total is going to go down to about 1,100 for our workforce.”
One week remains until the council is expected to pass a budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.