With all union employees being asked to take a 10 percent pay cut, it stands to reason that the city’s top-paid managers could take a cut of their own. They offered to, without even being asked. Alex Gurza, San Jose’s Director of Employee Relations, says that the city’s top managers are willing to take a 5 percent cut now, with an additional 5 percent cut at some later date. The cuts should be approved by City Council toward the end of the month.
This sent a mixed message to Randy Sekany, President of the San Jose Fire Fighters Union. While he called the proposed pay cut “reasonable,” he said that it affects only a small group of city employees, whose compensation packages are already very different from the unionized workers. Sekany’s union has been warned by the city that if they do not accept the pay cuts, they could lose as much as 15 percent of their firefighters.
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