Martinez

MANAGERS TESTIFY: Contra Costa County's midlevel managers' union took their contract negotiations public Tuesday as more than a dozen of its members asked county supervisors to restore pay and benefit cuts.

Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 representatives also accused the county during public comment of failing to bargain in good faith. The union's contract expired last June and talks have been "horrid," said Local 21 President Sue Guest.

Local 21 is seeking restoration of 2.75 percent in pay cuts, cost of living increases and higher county contribution toward health premiums. The union also wants a minimum 5 percent pay gap between their members and the wages of people they supervise.

A 1 percent pay hike for Local 21's approximately 850 members would cost $1 million a year, according to the county. In contrast, the county projects it will collect between $4 million and $5 million in additional tax and other revenue in 2013-2014.

-- Lisa Vorderbrueggen