City of Concord California


News Release


February 22, 2016

Concord posts labor negotiation information online

The City of Concord is currently negotiating with four represented employee groups. Following in the footsteps of other cities in the Bay Area, Concord has launched a new web page that offers the latest information about the status of labor negotiations with its bargaining groups at www.cityofconcord.org/laborrelations.

The City is committed to an open communications philosophy within the organization and with the public. The information on this site will be updated periodically to communicate the progress of negotiations.

Since April 2015, the City has been attempting to negotiate a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with each of the following represented employee groups:

  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local Union No. 856
  • Office and Professional Employees International Local 29
  • Concord Police Association
  • Concord Police Management Association

Active negotiations continue with all groups, with the exception of the Teamsters. After meeting on 12 separate occasions between April 2015 and September 2015, the City and the Teamsters mutually declared impasse on September 11, 2015. Subsequently, the City and the Teamsters agreed to proceed to mediation. After four mediation sessions failed to bring the two sides together, the City issued a Last, Best and Final offer to the Teamsters. That offer has been rejected, and the two sides are now headed to Fact-finding. Fact-finding is a review process in which an impartial third-party selected by the City and the Teamsters examines the facts related to the negotiations and issues non-binding recommendations.

The City's Last, Best and Final offer to the Teamsters included a total wage increase of 4% in the current fiscal year (FY 2015-16) and a $2,000 one-time lump sum payment, followed by a total wage increase of 4.5% in the next fiscal year (FY 2016-17). Additionally, the offer includes a moderate increase in the City's contribution toward medical benefits for active employees. In return, the offer significantly reduces the City's cost toward retiree medical benefits, which is estimated to decrease the City's unfunded liability for retiree medical benefits by $19 million. Retiree medical benefits are a significant issue in these negotiations because the rising cost of the benefit has and will continue to place pressure on the City's ability to provide services, maintain infrastructure, and provide appropriate employee wage increases, as well as the organization's ability to achieve the Council's goal of gradually reducing reliance on Measure Q.¹.

"We are disappointed that we have not been able to come to an agreement with the Teamsters," said City Manager Valerie Barone. "This offer reflects the City Council's goals to treat employees fairly and keep the City competitive in the hiring process while still achieving long-term fiscal stability."

For more information, visit www.cityofconcord.org/laborrelations.



¹ Measure Q is a half-cent sales tax passed by the voters in 2010 and extended by the voters in 2014. Measure Q expires in 2025.



 
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