South San Francisco, CA August 10, 2022 Submitted by Leslie Arroyo, City of SSF Public Relations
We value the work of our City employees. They provide our community with vital services each and every day. This is one of the reasons the City of South San Francisco provides competitive pay and benefits to all its employees.
We have been in contract negotiations with AFSCME for over four months. We have a strong, competitive salary offer on the table. The City has proposed a 12 percent raise over three years, six percent in the first year and three percent in the second and third year of the contract. This 12 percent pay increase over the next three years is in addition to the $4,800 payment made to each city employee in June in recognition of the efforts made by staff throughout the pandemic, during which they also received a three percent pay raise in 2020 and 2021, despite reduced city revenues due to Covid-19.
Currently, AFSCME is seeking across-the-board wage increases of 13 percent to 16 percent over two years, as well as additional wage increases of up to 20 percent per employee.
The City’s offer is higher than negotiated wage increases taking effect in other cities in 2022. The City recently settled with other employee groups, including its plant workers, and public safety managers, on upcoming wage increases in line with its offer to AFSCME. We are committed to treating and paying our AFSCME members fairly and continue to meet and bargain with them in good faith, as we have done with other City unions.
As stated by the City’s Chief Negotiator, Lisa S. Charbonneau, “Both AFSCME and the City have been working hard to reach agreement at the bargaining table and have made significant progress. Negotiations are ongoing and the City is hopeful we will reach an agreement very soon.”
To read the press release submitted by the AFSCME please CLICK HERE.