City unions want 14.5% raises over 5 years

City unions want 14.5% raises over 5 years

MoneySAN DIEGO – Leaders of five of the six unions that represent city of San Diego employees Wednesday publicly unveiled their offer to accept a five- year labor deal in exchange for a 14.5 percent pay raise over that time period.

Mayor Bob Filner has called for such an agreement since early in his campaign as a cost-saving measure for the city, and the concept has strong support on the City Council. However, at a recent council meeting, some members said details like the size of the salary increases were a hold-up.

“Our negotiations are somewhat stalled,” Mike Zucchet, general manager of the Municipal Employees Association, said at a news conference.

The proposed package includes labor acceptance of a major component of a pension reform initiative passed by voters last year, which limits — to base pay for five years — the compensation that employees can later use to calculate…

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