SUISUN CITY — After four years, Suisun City’s employees are getting a pay raise.
It is good news for them, even though the 2.5 percent increase only halfway makes up for the 5 percent pay cut all city employees took two years ago.
The Suisun City Council approved four memorandums of understanding Tuesday – with two of the city’s three employee groups, as well as its unrepresented management and rank-and-file employees.
Most Suisun City employees got their last pay raise in 2010 and that was when they got a 3 percent raise, according to Assistant City Manager Ron Anderson. Two years later, they lost that plus 2 percent more when the council imposed a 5 percent pay cut for everyone.
The new accords also include a provision that allows the agreements to be reopened if there is a significant change in the city’s finances for better or worse. While the city is expecting a big increase in sales tax revenue from the opening of the Walmart in town, it could also take a fiscal hit from the state Department of Finance over a lawsuit concerning the city’s redevelopment funds.
The only employee group without an agreement is the Suisun City Police Officers Association. An MOU with them was on the Tuesday agenda for approval but had been pulled.
A proposed MOU being considered by the police officers is virtually identical to the ones approved Tuesday, according to Anderson. The police officers association is expected to vote on the proposed agreement by Friday and it is expected to go back before the City Council for a vote the next time the council meets.
Council members had already voiced its support for restoring some of the salary cuts earlier this year at its 2014-15 budget workshop. They said that the two-year-old pay cuts allowed the city to weather the Great Recession without having to make even deeper cuts to essential city services.
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