UPLAND - The city has concluded negotiations with four of its seven employee groups.

City Manager Stephen Dunn updated the City Council during their meeting last week.

"We have finalized contracts for four of the seven. The other we're just crossing our t's and dotting our i's and we wanted to bring them all at one time, so we weren't able to do that tonight. We hope to bring them to the first City Council meeting in February," Dunn said.

All employee groups have agreed to pay their portion of their pension contributions.

In November, the City Council gave Dunn approval to look into several ways to reduce costs to the city, including asking employee groups to make concessions.

Dunn's recommendations also included looking into outsourcing public safety services as well as contracting out other city services with the goal of freeing up money in the annual budget.

The members of the Upland Police Officers Association voted in favor of a contract extension that requires all officers to pay their full contribution, said Upland Police Detective Moe Duran, president of the Association.

"This MOU (memorandum of understanding) extension should help the city during this difficult financial period," Duran said. "It is my understanding that the city manager has reviewed the MOU and does not see any problems with it."


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