Big budget vote tonight

Just a reminder that the Stockton City Council tonight is scheduled to vote on a spending plan that proposes to solve a $37 million budget deficit in part by temporarily imposing deep pay and benefit cuts on workers effective July 1, pending the outcome of labor negotiations with unions whose contracts are closed (don’t expire until future years).

Here’s a look at the proposed cuts. (The fire union, the city’s biggest with an open contract on July 1, is in negotiations for a new labor agreement and is not included in this list. The city has the power to impose contract terms on the fire union if necessary, but that would come in a separate action.)

STOCKTON CITY EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATION (437 positions)

•Scheduled 2.5 percent pay raise suspended

•Workers to pay 7 percent toward retirement Aug. 1

•Educational (3 percent) and longevity (2.5 percent) incentive pay eliminated Aug. 1

•Furloughs (96 hours of pay) continued

•Health plan changes implemented Sept. 1, including maximum city contribution: $481/month for employee only; $875/month employee plus one; and $1,165/month employee plus two or more. Workers will pick up any costs that exceed those limits.

MANAGEMENT B&C EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (127 positions)*

• Workers to pay 7 percent toward retirement Aug. 1

• Educational (3 percent) and longevity (2.5 percent) incentive pay eliminated Aug. 1

• Health plan changes implemented Sept. 1, including maximum city contribution: $481/month for employee only; $875/month employee plus one; and $1,165/month employee plus two or more. Workers will pick up any costs that exceed those limits.

* This labor group has tentatively agreed to eliminate a 2.5 percent pay raise, continue furloughs, eliminate retiree health for new hires and to create a lower pension benefit for new hires.

OPERATING ENGINEERS LOCAL 3 TRADES & MAINTENANCE (99 positions)*

• Workers pay 1.5 percent toward retirement Aug. 1 (employees already pay 5.5 percent)

• Educational (3 percent) and longevity (2.5 percent) incentive pay eliminated Aug. 1

• Furloughs (96 hours of pay) continued

• Health plan changes implemented Sept. 1, including maximum city contribution: $481/month for employee only; $875/month employee plus one; and $1,165/month employee plus two or more. Workers will pick up any costs that exceed those limits.

*City officials last week said they had reached a tentative agreement with this labor group.

STOCKTON POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION (319 positions)

• Last year’s 3 percent pay raise suspension continued

• Last year’s suspension of uniform allowance continued

• Last year’s suspensions of city contributions to deferred compensation (2 percent) and retiree health (2 percent) continued

• Workers to pay 9 percent toward retirement Aug. 1

• Educational (3 percent) and master officer (5 percent) incentive pay eliminated Aug. 1

• Longevity increment pay reduced by up to 5 percent Aug. 1

• Health plan changes implemented Sept. 1, including maximum city contribution: $481/month for employee only; $875/month employee plus one; and $1,165/month employee plus two or more. Workers will pick up any costs that exceed those limits.

STOCKTON POLICE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION (20 positions)

• Educational incentive pay (3 percent) eliminated Aug. 1

• Longevity increment pay reduced by up to 5 percent Aug. 1

• Uniform allowance reduced to $950 a year

• City’s contribution to retiree health suspended

• Health plan changes implemented Sept. 1, including maximum city contribution: $481/month for employee only; $875/month employee plus one; and $1,165/month employee plus two or more. Workers will pick up any costs that exceed those limits.

NOTE: Two employee units – Unrepresented Management and Confidential Employees and Law Department – are not represented by unions and do not negotiate employment terms but are proposed to experience compensation reductions similar to those proposed for other workers. These two units are comprised of 95 department heads, managers and other staff.

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