After giving concessions on full pay raises, the five unions that represent the city's employees took the step to sign five year agreements with the city. City councilmembers, last week, gave the workers a small amount in yearly pay raises the next three years to relieve them from the tough years pay that stayed low during the recession.
Negotiations with the five unions earlier this year set the stage foe last week's final decision. The low salaries given to the Municipal Employees Association, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, the Police Officers Association, the Deputy City Attorneys Association, the local firefighters, and the teamsters local union had stayed in focus at City Hall during the lean personnel years. All increases agreed on are increases in non-pensionable pay.
Mandatory furloughs the MEA union members had to accept to help lower labor costs will get cut in half the first year, and end the next year.
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