Labor Negotiations Update

January 29, 2019

Employee Relations has received a high volume of questions about bargaining and recent bargaining agreements.  In response we are providing the following summary.

AFSCME:

We bargained with AFSCME since July 2018, including three extended days last week where we were able to reach agreement on over 50 outstanding proposals.  Although we made progress, AFSCME provided us with their Last Best and Final offer along with a letter declaring impasse on Friday, January 25.

Among other things, the County’s most recent offer included:

  • 9% Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) increases over a three year term
  • Immediate additional increases for those classifications substantially behind market and/or experiencing recruitment and retention issues and individual differentials and special pays (value of over 1%)
  • 2% in Equity increases for all classifications
  • Increased longevity pay
  • Increased Vacation accruals
  • Two “Winter Recess” days off in 2019 and 2020

We also committed to a process to review the County’s current retiree healthcare benefit with all labor organizations. The County has created a labor management retiree health committee which has meetings scheduled beginning February 12, 2019.

We remain committed to bargaining in good faith with AFSCME in the hope of reaching an agreement that is fair and financially sustainable.

SEIU:

A three-year agreement was approved by the Board of Supervisors on December 18, 2018 which included:

  • 11-12% Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) and Equity increases over the three year term
  • Increased longevity pay
  • Increased Vacation accruals and two “Winter Recess” days off in 2019 and 2020

LEU:

A five-year agreement was approved by the Board of Supervisors on January 8, 2019 which included:

  • 15-20% Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) and Equity increases over the five year term
  • Increased longevity pay
  • Increased Vacation accruals and two “Winter Recess” days off in 2019 and 2020

Management, Attorney and Confidential (MAC):

A three-year Resolution was enacted by the Board of Supervisors on January 29, 2019 which included:

  • 11-12% Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) and Equity increases over the three year period
  • Phased in longevity pay over three years
  • Increased Vacation accruals and two “Winter Recess” days off in 2019 and 2020

BCTC and SMCCE

Negotiations will begin in the next week

The County anticipates beginning negotiations with UAPD, PDA and Extra Help in the near future.