The City and its union partners completed bargaining after five months of intense contract negotiations. The negotiations team brought in 27 successor memoranda of understanding (MOUs) covering over 27,000 City employees for the next two years.
The City reached full settlement with unions on 26 agreements, with 1 additional contract decided through arbitration awards. The 2022 labor negotiations officially closed May 13, when the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Employee Relations Division turned 26 redlined contracts over to the Board of Supervisors. The final contract was submitted to the Board on May 31.
The City provided its employees with a fair wage increase of 10 percent over two years:
Fiscal Year 2022 - 2023 July 1, 2022: 5.25%
Fiscal Year 2023 - 2024 July 1, 2023: 2.5% January 6, 2024: 2.25%
The City also achieved important operational changes with each union MOUs that will lead to more efficient, compliant, and fair workplaces across City departments. Some highlights include:
- Health and Safety: Enhanced workplace safety provisions for IFTPE Local 21, SEIU Local 1021, and Laborers Local 261 members.
- Election of Remedies: Eliminated the prohibition of dual remedies for Equal Employment Opportunity complaints, Reasonable Accommodation complaints, and California Family Rights Act and Family Medical Leave Act complaints.
- Legal Holidays for Part-time Employees: No longer based on hours worked in the previous pay period allowing part-time employees to qualify for legal holiday pay based on their regular work schedule.
- Boots, Uniform, and Safety Equipment: Updated value, reimbursement, or equipment provided for 14 union partners, including Local 39 Stationary Engineers allowance of 6 sets of work clothing or a $600 allowance in lieu of work clothing.
- Tuition Reimbursement: Increased maximum amount for tuition reimbursement for SEIU RNs, Laborers Local 261, and DPOA members.
- Holidays in Lieu: Updated the language for Holidays in Lieu to automatically carry over into the next fiscal year.
Successful completion of this process would not have been possible without the Mayor’s Office, the City Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Controller, representatives from many City departments, and of course, the City’s valued union partners.
Members of the media should contact DHR Chief of Policy Mawuli Tugbenyoh at Mawuli Tugbenyoh or at (415) 557-4800.