Mayor Jorge Elorza’s administration has reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union of North America, which represents city employees in City Hall, the School Department and the Parks and Public Works Departments.
In a statement Elorza said the pact would be revenue neutral, despite the two percent and 2.75 percent wage hikes slated for years two and three. Elorza said the raises are offset savings of $4.4 million via ``innovation and more efficient management of resources’’ including streamlining the ``coordination of benefits’’ making changes to how the city deploys substitute teaching assistants.
There are no raises in the first year of the collective bargaining agreement.
The agreement will allow city departments heads to have the flexibility to move city laborers between the Parks Department and DPW to meet changing work demands.
The tentative pact must be ratified by union members and the city council before it takes effect.