SLO firefighters reach agreement with city
February 7, 2012
After six months of negotiations, the San Luis Obispo City Firefighters Local 3523 and the city reached a tentative agreement late Monday evening.
City officials and union negotiators agreed on a four-year-contract that upon adoption will back date to Jan. 1 2012. According to the agreement, firefighters’ health benefits and current pay levels will remain unchanged over the next four years, including no cost of living raises.
Union officials also agreed to pay a 9.5 percent share of their pensions to be enacted during a 12 months period. In addition, the negotiators agreed to an employee two-tier system with new hires receiving 3 percent in retirement income for every year of service at age 55 while current employees receiving 3 percent at 50 years of age.
City officials said the pension reform agreement will save the city $433,700 this year with a future contemplated saving of $520,000 a year.
Before being formally adopted, the city council needs to vote in favor of the agreement in open session. After the council met in closed session yesterday to approve the agreement, staff informed Erik Baskin that the negotiations had been tentatively approved.
“Overall, what we have been able to do is to achieve stability over the next few years and also protect the health and safety of our members and the community at large while continuing to provide a high level of service for the residents of San Luis Obispo,” Baskin said.