San Jose officials announced Friday that the city has come to a tentative agreement with eight of its nine unions on a Measure B settlement, representing 99 percent of its non-sworn workforce.
“I am extremely pleased that we’ve reached an agreement that secures nearly $3 billion in long-term savings and will help us restore city services and our workforce in a fiscally-sustainable manner,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. “I’d like to extend my deepest gratitude to our city’s and our employees’ bargaining teams for spending countless hours to reach a compromise that benefits both San Jose taxpayers and our dedicated public servants. This agreement will help us turn the page on the challenges of the past and build a foundation for future collaboration.”
Union memberships must ratify the agreement, which also needs to be signed off by the City Council. The framework of the settlement is similar to the deal reached this summer with police and firefighter unions, according to city officials.
Yolanda Cruz, president of the city’s largest union, AFSCME Local 101, called the agreement “fair for all parties.” She commended the work of City Manager Norberto Dueñas, who also suggested that the focus can now turn to restoring city services that were cut in recent years.
The city will proceed with a quo warranto process through the courts before going back to voters in November 2016 with a ballot measure that supersedes Measure B, which was passed in June 2012.
UPDATE Dec. 17, 2015: The city and the Association of Building, Mechanical and Electrical Inspectors (AMBEI) came to a pension reform settlement agreement. All of the city’s unions are now on board.