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Millbrae city employees agree to cuts

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For the second year in a row, Millbrae is cutting compensation for city workers by about 5 percent.

The City Council approved a 5 percent reduction in compensation for police and sanitation workers Tuesday night, and management, maintenance, clerical and administrative workers have already signed on to similar reductions. Last year, city workers saw their employment deals downsized by 4.3 percent.

Firefighters are the only city workers yet to renew their contract.

Jennifer Price of the Millbrae Firefighters Local 2400 District 3 said the union is the last to sign a deal because of logistical issues, including starting negotiations late, and not any substantive problem with the city’s proposal.

Price, a union negotiator, said she expects firefighters to reach an agreement outlining a 5 percent cut "soon," but added that the compromise left city employees in a tough situation.

"We recognize that drastic times call for drastic measures and everybody has to be willing to give a little bit more ... but you’re taking a 5 percent pay cut and on top of that paying $350 a month," Price said, referring to her monthly insurance payments.

Last year, Price said she was asked to start paying $250 a month out-of-pocket for the family plan she gets through Blue Shield, the city’s health insurance provider. As of Jan. 1, that payment will jump to $350, she said.

Acting City Clerk Fran Nelson said the labor negotiations have gone smoothly, wrapping up sooner than the city expected.

Concessions made by the Sanitation Workers Association will save the city about $48,000 in 2011-12, and the Millbrae Police Officers Association’s deal puts some $150,000 back in the city’s pockets.

Every employee group has accepted a different combination of cuts, which include vacation day or pension reductions, mandatory furloughs and salary freezes.

nkyriakou@sfexaminer.com

 

Cost savings

The Sanitation Workers Association’s concessions will save the city about $48,000. They include:

  • Mandatory furlough of 88 hours
  • Freeze in salary step increases
  • Loss of uniform allowance
  • Loss of three floating holidays
  • Lower city contributions to cafeteria plans

The Millbrae Police Officers Association’s concessions will save the city about $150,000. Cuts include:

  • Uniform allowance
  • Retirement and health benefits
  • 11.5 hours of holiday pay
  • Pay for off-duty canine care
  • Vacation hours

Source: Millbrae city clerk