South San Francisco, CA October 4, 2022 Press Release
New contract will run through June 30, 2024, for 117 of the City’s workers
The City of South San Francisco has reached a tentative agreement with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) labor union for a new labor contract. AFSCME represents 117 of the City’s employees, including police dispatchers, childcare workers, librarians, public works employees, and others.
“It was paramount for us to reach a fair contract that recognizes the needs of our dedicated employees and the financial realities our City faces in the wake of the pandemic,” said South San Francisco Mayor Mark Nagales. “We are grateful for the hard work of the negotiators on both sides to reach this tentative agreement and look forward to its ratification.”
The tentative two-year agreement calls for a cost of living increase of 6% in 2022 and 4% in 2023, plus market equity wage increases of up to 5% depending upon the employee classification. In addition, the agreement provides for enhancements to tuition reimbursement, professional development, incentive pay for skills-based certifications, night shift premium pay, and additional pay for dispatchers who work on holidays. The agreement includes a new paid family leave benefit and adds Juneteenth as a City-observed holiday. The new contract wage and benefit increases are in addition to a one-time bonus of $4,800 paid to all employees in July 2022. Collectively, the wage and benefit increases represent one of the largest investments in its employees in the City’s history.
“Great cities are built and maintained by great city employees. And great city employees need and deserve great support from the city they serve. We highly value and respect our city employees, and this new contract is a tangible representation of that value and respect. This new labor contract is a win-win for our residents, city employees, and everyone involved in the process,” said South San Francisco City Manager Mike Futrell.
The agreement caps months of good-faith negotiations between the City and the union over wages and benefits. The contract will be presented to the union’s membership for a ratification vote this week.
The City of South San Francisco had previously successfully entered into new labor agreements with its seven other labor unions. With an agreement with AFSCME, all of the City’s labor contracts are in place until at least July 1, 2024.