From labor disputes cases to labor and employment publications, for your research, you’ll find solutions on Bloomberg Law®. Protect your clients by developing strategies based on Litigation...
The Oakland City Council approved a new collective bargaining agreement with a union representing about 1,000 of the city’s professional and technical employees.
Council members voted unanimously March 20 to approve the terms of the contract, Ian Appleyard, the city’s human resources director, told Bloomberg Law March 21.
The council will vote again April 17 on an ordinance to implement the contract’s salary provisions, Appleyard said. “Technically, the city council could still disapprove” the salary provisions, but that’s highly unlikely, he said.
“We intend to put everything into place as quickly as possible. This is a done deal,” Appleyard said.
A proposal ratified by union members in February would provide them with a retroactive 4 percent wage hike under the contract, a spokeswoman for Local 21 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers said.
The increase would be retroactive to July 1, 2017, Jennifer Li, the union spokeswoman, told Bloomberg Law. The wage increase if approved would be reflected in the employees’ April 26 paychecks, she said.
Appleyard said that while employees will see the increase quickly, it will take longer for the city to provide them with retroactive pay.
“Retroactive payments takes several weeks to process,” he said.
The agreement, ratified by union members on Feb. 7, also calls for a 1 percent wage increase in January 2019. That could be increased to 2 percent if the city’s revenues allow for the larger increase, Li said.
The union represents a wide variety of employees, ranging from administrative staff to city attorneys, engineers, and architects, Li said.
The March 20 council vote means certain parts of the new agreement will go into effect immediately, Li said. These include shift differentials, a uniform allowance, a one-time floating holiday, and professional development provisions.
Local 21 Oakland members will see the floating holiday on their pay slips starting March 29, the union said.
The employees’ salaries currently are about 10 percent below the market rate for nearby communities, Li said. “The city council is moving in the right direction” but needs to do more to address the issue, she said.
The union intends to bring up employee pay again in the next round of bargaining, which will begin before the June 30, 2019, expiration of the new agreement, Li said.
In addition to the across-the-board increases provided to all bargaining unit employees, the city will provide additional 4 percent increases to people in certain occupations to address pay disparities, Appleyard said.
Human resources analysts, neighborhood services coordinators, and animal control supervisors are among the occupations that will see the additional increases, he said.
Public employee pensions and retiree health benefits are among the “cost drivers” taking a bite out of Oakland’s budget, Appleyard said.
The California Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act, which went into effect in January 2013, will lead to lower retirement costs down the road, Appleyard said. But the city’s pension costs are expected to increase by about 10 percent per year for the next five years, he said.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)