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SJPOA signs tentative agreement with City

San Jose Police officers.
San Jose Police officers.
Morgan Hill Times

To help the City of San Jose through its budgetary problems and avoid layoffs, the San Jose Police Officers Association (SJPOA) has made a tentative agreement with the City to continue a 10% pay cut for the fiscal year beginning July 2012.

If ratified by its membership, this new agreement will save San Jose $25 million and make additional layoffs of police officers unlikely in 2012.

“The police officers of this city are stepping up to the plate once again to help San Jose through these difficult fiscal times. The citizens of our city should be proud and thankful for the men and women who protect them,” said SJPOA President Jim Unland in a statement published on Protect San Jose yesterday.

SJPOA agreed to a 10% pay cut last June for the current fiscal year but were in arbitration over whether this pay cut was going to be a one-time cut or ongoing.

The agreement signed today between SJPOA and the City continues the 10% cut through the fiscal years of 2012 and 2013 and will postpone potential arbitration on the issue of an ongoing pay cut until 2013.

The agreement between SJPOA and the City suspends negotiations on the 10% pay cut until no later than January 1, 2013.

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