Pleasanton city workers granted 3% raises annually for next 3 years

City Council signs agreement with employees' union

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.

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5 people like this
Posted by Holidays
a resident of Birdland
on May 4, 2016 at 9:07 am

Must be nice to be a city employee being paid by tax dollars. On top of the numerous days off for holidays, now they get an additional 5 days of floating holidays. I don't even want to know how many weeks of vacation each employee gets on top of these "holidays". Seems so unfair for the private sector employees.

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Posted by fedup
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2016 at 9:16 am

The private sector keeps taking away from employees. They keep getting greedier and greedier. They keep coming up with "creative" solutions to get more and more out of workers. They pay salary so they can overburden workers without having to pay an extra penny. They now have "contracts", so they can get away with not offering benefits. It is getting out of hand.

5 people like this
Posted by What about us?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 4, 2016 at 10:18 am

What the Pleasanton residents should know is that many of the employees of the City are hired as "part-time, temporary" which means that they DO NOT get to benefit from these raises. The ones that benefit from these raises ride on the backs of these employees on a daily basis and will gladly take the increase in pay and let the "work horses" to scrape by on barely enough money to feed themselves. Shame on the city council to let this happen! Someone needs to look at this matter and make it a priority. Those "part-time, temporary" employees are loyal, hard working and deserve to be compensated for their efforts!

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Posted by employer
a resident of Birdland
on May 4, 2016 at 4:50 pm

If you think the employers are getting greedy, you should become a business owner. Then you will see all the governmental agencies who have hands in your pockets, so that they can pay the raises and public employee pensions. The taxes and fees keep going up and if we can't raise prices and stay competitive we have to cut costs. And before you say I am too greedy as a business owner you should realize that the first 5 years of my business I lived off of loans and savings while I paid my workers and while I am make money now, if you look at my salary for the last ten years and divide by 10, I am not making that much for all the risk I took.

Before you criticize all companies as being greedy, you should try to start and run a company.

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