Mayor Chuck Reed today called on all City workers to accept a wage and salary freeze this year to avoid 150 layoffs in the face of the City’s $77.5 million budget shortfall. “I’m calling for all our bargaining units to agree to true zeroes this year,” Reed said in a statement released this morning. He specified that this would mean “no wage increases, no step increases, no merit increases.”
Reed pointed out that he “inherited” the City’s financial mess, and that he has forgone pay increases and his car allowance since taking office. He also noted that the City Manager, City Attorney, City Clerk and City Auditor have all taken a 3.75 percent pay cut “in recognition of these tough economic times.”
“San José employees work hard and are committed to serving the residents of this great cit,” Reed said. “In times like these, we must pull together.”
City Manager Deb Figone’s “Budget Message” was released on May 1. It contained only bad news.
The City is holding a community budget meeting for residents of District 9 at Cambrian Branch Library; 1780 Hillsdale Avenue, today at 6pm.