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SLO City reaches two more union agreements

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Two more employee unions have reached agreements with the City of San Luis Obispo that the city says will contribute to its overall plan of achieving a $3.1 million reduction in personnel costs.

On April 26, the city announced it had reached an agreement with two management unions, the San Luis Obispo Police Staff Officers (SLOPSOA) and the San Luis Obispo Fire Battalion Chiefs Association (BCs), which will reduce salaries by 7.5 percent.

As is becoming the new standard while cities across the state try to reel in personnel expenses and balance their budgets, under the agreement, members of both unions would pay their full pension contributions, as well as creating a two-tier benefit system for new hires.

The three-year contract with SLOPSOA is good until June 2015, and the BCs agreement is good until December 2015.

The labor deal comes after similar agreements were reached with the city’s unrepresented management group in January, the International Association of Firefighters Local 3523 in March, and the unrepresented confidential employees in April.

The recent deals leave only two of the city’s five unions—the SLO Police Officers Association as well as the SLO City Employees Association—without a current agreement. The city previously announced that it was deadlocked with its general employees union in February.

The City Council is expected to officially adopt the changes at its May 15 meeting.

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