New raises lead proposed contract between city, police union

Yellowstone Court home addition, swearing in new commissioners also on tap for council

The Pleasanton City Council is set for its first public review of a proposed labor contract between the city and the Pleasanton Police Officers Association that would see union members receive salary increases each of the next three years.

PPOA members, comprised of all 60 sworn police officers and 13 police sergeants in the Pleasanton Police Department, have been working without a contract since June 1, with city and union officials negotiating on a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) until recently reaching an agreement.

The new MOU, which would run through May 31, 2020, would see PPOA members receive a 3.5% raise effective upon adoption and then 3% raises in June 2018 and June 2019, according to Debra Gill, director of human resources and labor relations.

The police officers' previous contract saw them receive three separate 3% raises during the term, Gill said.

The new deal also includes a one-time stipend of $2,000 per police officer and sergeant in recognition of each of them completing crisis intervention training.

The tentative agreement also adjusts certain pension and medical benefit requirements.

All PPOA members already in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) program, referred to as "classic members," will see their employee contribution increase 1.5% to 12% overall effective June 2, 2018. New members' contributions will remain at 11.5%.

The contract would also increase the minimum employee contributions toward medical premiums for family coverage by $25 per month for a total of $50 per month effective January 2019.

Other highlights of the deal include that PPOA members, who typically receive 80 hours of paid time off each year but were scheduled to receive only 60 hours for 2017, would be given the full 80 hours retroactive for this year.

The contract would also stipulate a minimum call back time of four hours for special events, mandatory meetings and assigned work outside shift.

And a joint committee of PPOA and police management would be created to discuss diversity, personal appearance, grooming standards and incentivizing special assignments, with non-binding recommendations from this group to be presented to negotiating teams during the next round of bargaining talks, according to Gill.

In all, the new police union MOU is estimated to cost $1.9 million through fiscal year 2019-20, of which $432,000 will be incurred this year and covered through the general fund contingency account, Gill said.

The MOU is headed to the council Tuesday for a first review. It is scheduled to return for final approval Oct. 17. PPOA membership already ratified the agreement, Gill noted.

The police union contract is among the lead items for Tuesday night's regular council meeting, scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

In other business

* The council will discuss the fate of a proposal from Valley Trails homeowners David and Sue Robles to add a second-story addition to their Yellowstone Court house.

The Planning Commission voted 3-2 in August to deny the couple's project, with the majority arguing that the applicants did not adequately address concerns raised by commissioners at an earlier meeting and that the project did not substantively comply with city design review standards.

The Robleses appealed that denial to the council, contending their project should be approved because they fully complied with the commission's direction and the current project version addresses any neighborhood concerns related to design, according to community development director Gerry Beaudin.

The couple wants to redesign their unconditioned loft space into a 720-square-foot addition to give the house six bedrooms overall -- three upstairs and three downstairs -- and extend the roof height from 20 feet to 25 feet at their house at 3552 Yellowstone Court, off South Valley Trails Drive.

They received approval from the city's zoning administrator in May, but they appealed a condition put on their project to remove a proposed north-facing window -- a requirement added by the zoning administrator after hearing from the Robleses' next-door neighbors, who raised privacy concerns about new windows with views into their backyard pool area.

More neighbors also contended there's a history of poor maintenance at the Robles property and security concerns related to people who stayed at the house, and they argued allowing the new addition could exacerbate those problems. The couple said they now need the additional bedrooms to accommodate growing grandchildren who are living with them, according to city staff.

The Planning Commission held two meetings on the proposed second-floor addition before denying the project for design reasons.

* The council will present a proclamation declaring this as National Bullying Prevention Month and Oct. 25 as Unity Day.

* The council will also host the swearing-in ceremony for new and reappointed members of city commissions and committees -- who will be honored with a public reception before the meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m.

* Council members will also meet in closed session, starting at 6 p.m., to talk with City Manager Nelson Fialho about labor negotiations with management, confidential and other city employees not represented by unions.


5 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 2, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Michael Austin is a registered user.

There are commission and committee members that did not attend meetings that delayed the peoples business, because there was no quorum.

Why are they being reappointed, and following reappointment, why are they being honored?

Just what the devil is this!

5 people like this
Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Why are labor negotiations with management confidential and union members negotiations are public? Thanks PPD for continuously doing a great job!!!

4 people like this
Posted by Jeremy Walsh, editor
associate editor
on Oct 3, 2017 at 10:03 am

Jeremy Walsh, editor is a registered user.

Thanks for your question, Map. City officials' negotiations with the police union and the council's discussions about those bargaining talks were in closed-session meetings like all their other labor negotiations. The final decision on any new agreement would take place in open session, like is coming for PPOA and would be due for management.

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Posted by Alberto
a resident of Downtown
on Oct 3, 2017 at 4:16 pm

Give the Cops a raise, quit pussyfooting around, they deserve the maximum.
They are the front line of the City.

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 3, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Thanks Jeremy for the explanation. Good call@Alberto, PPD deserves whatever they can “squeeze” out of the city coffers, it’s a tough job and it’s not getting any easier around here.

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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2017 at 6:58 pm

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Get rid of the pensions. It is destroying the budget. Give them IRAs and 401k like the rest us. Between senior citizens with their unsustainable medicare and social security, and cops with the unsustainable pensions, they'll bankrupt everyone. What a shame.

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Posted by DKHSK
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Oct 4, 2017 at 9:36 am

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I totally agree, but there is NO WAY they will do that for existing officers.

They should start 401k's for all NEW recruits and phase out pensions. They should do that for ALL government workers.


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Oct 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm

@BobB. Managed to squeeze your dislike of senior citizens into this thread, forgot to bring up your dislike also of long time P -Town residents, lucky you to have found the fountain of youth and will never grow old, and not wanting to claim Medicare or social security that’s another plus there’s plenty of citizens out there not born with the silver spoon, worked hard their whole lives that will collect as promised thanks for your donation!! P-Town PPD is always looking for new recruits if you are looking to get on their so called “gravy train”, if that doesn’t work out try Bart the janitors are making a lot more than our police officers.

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