SJ Gets 3 More Unions to Agree to 10% Pay Cut

Some 600 city employees prepare to get a 10-percent pay cut

By Lori Preuitt
|  Thursday, Mar 24, 2011  |  Updated 11:43 AM PDT
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SJ Gets 3 More Unions to Agree to 10% Pay Cut

Budget cuts approved for the city of San Jose

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The City of San Jose announced late Tuesday that it has reached a tentative agreement with three unions.

According to the city, the unions have agreed to a 10-percent pay cut and new reforms that will control workers’ compensation costs and vacation benefits.  No details on those reforms were made.

A similar deal was made earlier this month with the firefighters union.

The three additional unions that agreed to sign onto the plan are the Association of Engineers and Architects Local 21, the Association of Maintenance Supervisory Personnel, and the City Association of Management Personnel, Local 21, according to the city.  You will notice the police department is not part of this group.

The unions employ 623 full-time equivalent employees, or 11 percent of the city’s union workforce.

Mayor Chuck Reed said he needs all unions to take the pay cut in order to make up for a $105 million budget deficit. Even if city officials are able to get all 11 unions to sign on, it is not a guarantee that there will not be layoffs.

The deal reached with the three additional unions this week still has to be approved by rank and file members.

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