Police deal release

Here is the text of the press release from City Hall on this evening’s tentative agreement between the administration and Stockton Police Officers Association:




(Stockton, CA) – The Stockton City Council met in closed session today to discuss a tentative labor agreement reached with the police union.  A report out of closed session during the public meeting, announced that a tentative agreement was reached with Stockton Police Officer’s Association (SPOA) that would settle the salary survey grievance, as well as provide for much needed savings.  The Council held a Special Meeting on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, and continued discussions today. The Council voted 6 to 1 today to approve the agreement. The terms and conditions have not yet been voted on by the union.


If approved by the union members, the SPOA agreement settles the outstanding salary survey grievance, scheduled to go to arbitration this November by providing an additional 5.5 percent raise retroactive to July 1, 2008.  The agreement also contains significant concessions which would also be applied retroactively to offset the cost of the increase.

The settlement would allow the City to rescind the remaining layoff notices and previously announced demotions.  The settlement discussed will provide approximately $4 million in relief to the City’s 2009-2010 budget.  Over the life of the agreement, which will expire June 30, 2012, the savings total approximately $7.3 million.  The concessions consist of a 3 percent furlough, suspension of a partial uniform allowance, an additional contribution to healthcare benefits and structural changes to the health plan, deferred cost of living increase, and reductions to employer contributions to deferred compensation and retiree medical benefits. 


A general membership meeting is expected to occur early next week for the Police Officers Association members to consider the settlement.


Mayor Ann Johnston was very pleased with the outcome.  “We really appreciate the hard work of both the union and City staff to help meet our projected deficit, and, just as important save jobs!”

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