SAN LEANDRO -- Police officers will get their first raise since 2010 next year under a deal approved by the city Monday night.
The San Leandro Police Officers Association -- representing more than 80 people -- will receive a 4 percent salary increase in 2014 and a 3 percent to 8 percent increase in 2015 in the new three-year contract.
In exchange, police officers will pay 3 percent of the employee share of their pension contributions beginning this year, 6 percent in 2014 and the entire 9 percent employee share in 2015. In years past, the city used to cover both the employer and employee contributions, an expense that has contributed $47 million to the city's total $ 118.8 million tab for unfunded liabilities.
Increases in health insurance costs will continue to be split evenly between officers and the city.
The agreement, effective Jan. 1, 2013, will save the city more than $255,000 cumulatively this year and next, compared to costs of the most recent contract, and will cost the city $304,519 in 2015.
"We commend the San Leandro Police Officers Association for working diligently with the city to produce a new agreement that recognizes our shared goals of public safety and fiscal responsibility," Mayor Stephen Cassidy said in a statement. "We deeply appreciate the service and dedication of our police officers in keeping San Leandro safe."
Isaac Benabou, president of the Police Officers Association, said the deal will help
"It is vital that this community demands the highest quality police officers in order to continue with the mindset that public safety is the (No. 1) priority. With that said, we recognized the fiscal restraints of the city," Benabou said in a statement. "We listened to our civic leaders and the citizens regarding pension reform and responded accordingly."
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