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Vallejo City Council could accept last unresolved employee contract

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The Vallejo City Council is scheduled to decide Tuesday whether to approve a new proposed contract with its largest employee union, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, when it meets Tuesday evening.

The IBEW contract, which was approved by union members last week, is the last of four employee contracts that had to be renegotiated following the city's bankruptcy filing in 2008.

Tuesday's meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the council chambers of Vallejo City Hall at 555 Santa Clara St.

The most prominent reason the city gave for its bankruptcy was its inability to afford its union contracts, and its new deal with the IBEW is expected to save Vallejo more than $3 million in the next two years.

The deal freezes employee pay in 2011 and 2012 on top of 5 percent salary cuts the past two years, but preserves city contributions for medical care and eliminates all but one day of mandatory furlough.

Workers actually proposed the deal last summer after the city threatened to impose a labor contract on the IBEW under new authority granted by voters in June.

The deal also includes agreement by the union to drop its legal challenge to the city's bankruptcy filing.

Councilmembers also are scheduled to hear updates on the merger of Vallejo Transit and Benicia Transit, on the current state of city finances.