I covered some of the details of the contracts imposed on blue-collar employees and police in my story on Tuesday’s vote, but I now have the final offers that were imposed on the two units. They go into effect July 1.
Mayor Jerry Sanders is keeping the tentative agreements reached with the firefighters, deputy city attorneys and white-collar workers under wraps for now.
But the mayor did say yesterday that those unions agreed to shoulder their “fair share” of the cuts requested of each union. That adds up to $41 million total, of which $30 million to $32 million comes from the general fund, the city’s main account.
Municipal Employees Association attorney Ann Smith said on Tuesday that the union agreed to mandatory furloughs and employees will also waive the city’s contribution to the supplemental pension plan or take a 3 percent pay cut. The city estimated that added up to $8.9 million savings of the general fund.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Deputy City Attorneys Association President Joan McNamara said her union agreed to furloughs, freezing health benefits and waiving the city’s supplemental pension payments or picking up more retirement costs. City officials said those savings exceeded $700,000.
I don’t have details on the firefighters’ agreement yet, but city officials have said they met the $5.8 million target.