The Folsom City Council approved an agreement with the city’s largest employee union, Local 39, at a recent council meeting.
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The resolution authorizing adoption of a Memorandum of Understanding between the city of Folsom and the International Union of Operating Engineers-Stationary Engineers, Local 39, AFL-CIO was passed unanimously as part of the consent calendar.
The 66-page agreement had been ratified by the membership on Feb. 15. It is effective immediately and expires in June 2013.
The resolution analysis states: “Human Resources, in conjunction with Dennis Batchelder of the Batchelder Group, worked with the Local 39 negotiating team to reach this agreement. Both Local 39 and the city’s representatives worked collaboratively over the past months to agree to an MOU that recognizes the difficult economic conditions the city faces and the city’s need for sustainable reform. Local 39 has achieved increased security for its members while creating a sustainable municipal model for the city, similar to the Folsom Police Officers Association, the Folsom Middle Managers Group and the city’s unrepresented employees.”
The city’s executive management group members previously agreed to pay their full share of PERS retirement contributions.
Local 39 represents around 200 members of the city’s 440 work force. The union currently represents 89 classes of employees, including administrative assistants, librarians, building inspectors, mechanics, refuse truck drivers and zookeepers.
Beginning in July Local 39 members will pay 7 percent of their salaries into the employee part of the PERS retirement fund. Starting in July 2012, members will pay 8 percent to cover the full employees’ portion.
New Local 39 employees will be hired under a reduced pension formula, from 2.7 percent at age 55 to 2 percent at age 55.
Local 39 members will be paying more for their share of health care premiums over the contract period.
Members will receive a 2.5 percent pay increase in June, as previously negotiated, but no additional cost-of-living increases. The existing 12 annual furlough days will be reduced to six.
City Hall will no longer be closed for monthly furlough days starting in July through June 2012, said City Manager Kerry Miller. Local 39 members will take floating furlough days to keep City Hall open for service.
Fire Mid-Management ratified a new contract on Feb. 17. Fire Chief Ron Phillips reports the City Council is scheduled to review the contract at its March 22 meeting.
He said the city remains in contract negotiations with the International Association of Firefighters, Local 522. Local 522 is the last employee union that has yet to reach agreement with the city.