Category Archives: City Manager Bob Deis

Fire layoff notices going out

An agreement has been signed that allowed layoff notices for firefighters to be issued. (For background, catch up here, here and here.) Here’s a copy of the agreement. It does not suspend minimum staffing requirements between now and July 1. The number of scheduled layoffs in the Fire Department under the “Plan B” city budget […]

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Tentative deal on layoff notices

City spokeswoman Connie Cochran says City Hall and the fire union have reached a conceptual agreement this evening that would allow layoff notices to be issued to the 48 firefighters whose jobs are to be eliminated under one budget proposal. Details are still being worked out and a deal is not yet finalized, she said. […]

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Begging for layoff notices

Something you don’t hear too often: people pleading for layoff notices. Three Stockton firefighters, who said they are among the 48 scheduled to be laid off under the city’s proposed “Plan B” budget, did just that tonight. The firefighters said they can’t be added to a statewide displaced firefighters list and compete for jobs at […]

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Fire union’s letter and offer

Today’s story about Stockton’s budget crisis mentioned a letter from the firefighters union to elected leaders that outlines an offer by the unions in negotiations. Click here to read the letter. The union outlines its offer on pages 3 and 4. A quick note: There’s a dispute over the timing of the union’s offer. Fire […]

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More detail on retiree health care premiums

Our story this week focused on impending health care premium increases for certain city retirees: Those who retired early (often on disability) and exhausted their 15-year city-paid health benefit, and retirees who wanted to cover more than one dependent. The changes, which the city intends to implement July 1, will impact about 100 city retirees. […]

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More on labor negotiations

Today’s story on City Hall’s latest budget crisis chess move focused mostly on labor negotiations with the police officers union in part because that union is the biggest labor group (in terms of dollars, not members) with a closed contract still talking. (Though you have to wonder how the union’s latest real estate pursuits – […]

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Scrutiny on costly contracts

The City Council tonight approved three expensive outside contracts tonight: •Extending the contract of a human resources consultant for an additional $84,500 •Extending the contract of a consultant evaluating the city’s costly health care plan for an additional $192,500 •Hiring an outside lawyer (one of Vallejo’s bankruptcy lawyers) at $875 an hour Marcie Bayne, executive […]

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Deis responds to police union offer

Just before tonight’s City Council meeting, City Manager Bob Deis responded to the police union’s labor offer: •City Hall disputes about $2 million of the union’s estimated $9.2 million in fiscal year 2012 savings. •Deis said the union misconstrued their offer to defer their 3 percent raise and to allow re-opening the contract in future […]

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Fiscal emergency notes

Stockton’s budget crisis is heating up. As noted in Sunday’s article about the bankruptcy option (and how it played out in Vallejo), the City Council Tuesday night is likely to declare another fiscal emergency, a move used last year to impose concessions on workers when City Hall couldn’t reach new labor agreements. In another telling […]

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More on review

Another item I missed while away last week: Marcie Bayne, executive director of the North Valley Labor Federation, on Tuesday wrote a letter to the City Council warning them to adhere to the Brown Act, which governs public meetings, before meeting in closed session that night to discuss City Manager Bob Deis’ job performance. She […]

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