SBPD Labor Contract
updated: Sep 11, 2013, 1:25 PM
Source: City of Santa Barbara
The City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Police Officers Association have
reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year labor contract. The proposed
resolution to the negotiations was the result of a mediated session between
negotiators on August 29th.
The City had sought increased pension contributions from sworn police officers
in order to address rising employer rates from CalPERS. These rising
contribution requirements are designed to remedy current significant unfunded
liabilities in the City's police pension plan over the next 20 years.
"This agreement places the City in a better position to deal with the employee
pension issue in coming years. We are pleased that the Police Officer's
Association has agreed to accept a greater responsibility for this benefit" said
Kristy Schmidt, Employee Relations Manager. "Our goal is to have all City
employees paying their full share towards retirement benefits," added Schmidt.
The three-year agreement covers Sworn and Non-sworn employees in the Police
Department. Highlights of the agreement include:
· Sworn employees will begin to pay the full 9% member contribution to
the CalPERS pension plan over the three years. The City had paid all or part of
this contribution for many years.
· Sworn employees will receive a 2% in salary increase in the second
year and a 3% salary increase in the third year.
· The City will increase its contribution toward certain health
insurance plans in the second and third years.
· Non-sworn Police Department employees will receive a 1.5% salary
increase in the second year and a 2% salary increase in the third year.
· These employees already contribute the full member contribution toward
The Police Officers Association notified that City that its membership ratified
the agreement on September 10th, and City Council will be asked to ratify the
agreement at its regular meeting on September 17th.
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