Pleasanton city workers were granted 3% raises on an annual basis for the next three years in a unanimous vote by the City Council Tuesday night in an agreement with the City Employees Association.
The agreement follows earlier contract settlements that included raises for city police and firefighters unions.
The first of the three annual raises starts immediately, with 3% raises to be given again in April 2017 and April 2018 in a contract that will expire March 31, 2019.
Debra Gill, the city's director of Human Resources, told the council that the Pleasanton City Employees Association (PCEA) contract covers 233 employees comprised of numerous classifications. These include clerical positions, police dispatchers, recreation employees, planners, engineers and maintenance employees.
The new contract replaces the three-year agreement that expired March 31.
"Historically, the two primary factors considered in wage adjustment discussions are market data obtained from neighboring agencies that are similar in size and perform similar services and the consumer price index (CPI)," Gill stated in her report to the council.
The general cost-of-living increase in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose area was approximately 2.9% in February, she said.
The new contract requires employees who currently make no contributions toward their medical premiums to pay $25 a month effective July 1.
Other changes in the new contract include:
Floating holidays PCEA members have been credited with 32 hours of floating holiday time in January each year. They now will receive an additional eight hours for a total of 40 hours starting July 1.
Certification pay Employees in the Utility Systems Operator classification will receive 2.5% of their salary for obtaining a Grade 2 Water Distribution license and another 2.5% for obtaining a Grade 3 license.
Training pay Police records clerks will receive a 5% training pay differential when assigned to training duties.