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Palo Alto SEIU Negotiations

Original post made by Nat, Midtown, on Jun 17, 2009

From the Weekly online: "The [Palo Alto] police union will defer its negotiated salary increases, department managers will forgo bonus payments and about 600 city workers will have to cope with new labor contracts that, by all indications, will be less lucrative than the one expiring at the end of this month." Will department managers forgo salary increases as well?

SEIU had offered to continue the current contract for 3 years with no salary increases, and just the current benefits. In addition, the Union was willing to accept some furloughs.

However, the City rejected this offer. Only the Union members are being asked to accept reduced salaries and reduced benefits. This is grossly unfair and would lead to hardship for Union members accompanied by loss of morale and loyalty to the City. We must not balance the budget on the backs of 600 rank and file employees.

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