Swearengin Administration, Police Union Reach Early Agreement on Labor Contract

Sep 05, 2014 No Comments by

FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that the Fresno Police Officers’ Association (FPOA) and its management unit have approved new labor agreements that will support the City of Fresno in efforts to address fiscal challenges and strengthen its financial outlook.

“We are very pleased that the Administration and our police officers have come to an agreement on their contracts in a proactive and productive manner,” Mayor Swearengin said. “These agreements represent another critical component of the City’s financial recovery plan and we appreciate the FPOA’s commitment to helping us work toward true financial stability.”

The term of these agreements extend through June 30, 2017 and include structural changes to healthcare and retirement benefits. Members will receive a 2 percent salary increase that had been deferred, effective July 1, 2015, with an additional two-percent increase in December 2016. The City of Fresno will pay 75 percent of the health and welfare premium with any future premium increases shared equally by the City and members with a maximum member contribution of 30 percent. Current employees will also contribute 2% more toward pension costs.

“Our police officers have made a strong commitment to help lower the immediate and long term costs of pensions and health care, in line with our other city employee contracts,” City Manager Bruce Rudd said. “We are grateful for the work of the FPOA negotiating committee in reaching this agreement well before their existing contract expired and look forward to recommending the approval of this contract to the Fresno City Council.”

Approval of the FPOA agreement, which parallels other City of Fresno bargaining units, will result in a savings to the City totaling approximately $7.1 million over three years and also provides ongoing savings in health care and retirement costs. New employees will pay an additional 4 percent towards retirement costs. Vacation and annual leave accrual will be also reduced by a half hour each month.

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