SLO city, union hit impasse
February 15, 2012
San Luis Obispo city Manager Katie Lichtig announced negotiations with the employees’ union have stalled prompting the city to officially report Wednesday that their bargaining efforts are at an impasse.
As a result, negotiations will transition into a more formal process with required benchmarks and the possibility of the city imposing sanctions on non-safety employees.
City administrators are asking the San Luis Obispo City Employees’ Association to make at least a 6.8 percent reduction in total compensation by either taking a pay reduction or agreeing to pay the employee portion of their retirement compensation, which would amount to an 8 percent compensation reduction. Association President Ron Faria has argued against any employee decrease in pay or benefits.
Even so, several employees told CalCoastNews they prefer to mirror city management and the firefighter’s union and agree to pay the employee portion of their retirement contributions.
These employees argue that if Gov. Jerry Brown’s 12 point pension reform plan is agreed to government employees will be required to pay their own contributions to the state retirement plan regardless of previous salary concessions.