Three Pacifica Police Department labor groups have given final approval for a three percent reduction in salary and benefits. Members of the City Council said the reductions were voluntary and were ultimately chosen by each groups’ bargaining unit. The Council subsequently approaved the contracts with a vote of 4 to 1. The lone dissenter did not comment publicly as to why he cast a negative vote.
City official estimate their total cost savings to be more than $90,000 for officers, more than $30,000 for supervisors and just under $13,000 for management. Among the concessions made for management include reducing two sick days and two floating holidays. Concessions made by the Pacifica Police Officers Association included but are not limited to the reduction of one holiday, reducing the number of sick days that can be accumulated and eliminating the ability for officers to sell back their vacation time. Police supervisors will see a reduction in their uniform allowance and they will no longer be permitted to sell back sick leave after they retire.
Council members reportedly thanked all the associations for working with the city in order to help it improve its fiscal health. They have recognized the concessions were not easy to make and said it was a painful thing to request.
Information regarding the duration of the newly-revised contracts was not immediately available. It is unclear whether the concessions will be reinstated once the city’s financial situation becomes more viable.