AFSCME District Council 36

San Diego AFSCME Members Overwhelmingly Ratify Landmark Agreement

Faced by a hostile mayor and City Council bent on taking more away from middle- class families, city workers of AFSCME Local 127 defiantly stood their ground and beat back attempts to cut overtime hours and ban compensatory time. Workers, who provide around-the-clock service keeping San Diego’s streets, parks and beaches safe and clean, also secured two extra days of paid leave, tighter time limits on management regarding discipline procedures and written assurances that Local 127 members get comparable wage increases should another group of city workers gain something better.

By an overwhelming margin of 98.6 percent, the bargaining unit – which represents approximately 1,800 blue-collar workers in the City of San Diego – ratified a one-year tentative agreement on May 7 and 8. The unit will return to the bargaining table at the end of the year and negotiate a multi-year contract with increases in compensation.

“Negotiations were tough because anti-worker politicians continue to demonize us and the City Council refused to put any money on the table,” says sanitation driver and Local 127 Pres. Joan Raymond. “But the great news is we gave no concessions for the first time in six years.”

Read the whole article, reprinted from an AFSCME blog at: www.afscme.org

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