The County of San Bernardino and SBPEA Teamsters Local 1932 announced a tentative agreement this past week. The agreement is the result of an economic re-opener agreed upon during the last contract negotiations in June 2014.
Some county employees are very upset about the terms of the tentative agreement, saying that the raises are not enough. The agreement gives county employees a minimum of 7.17 percent over a 31-month period during the 44-month contract. Long-term employees of 15 years or more will receive an additional 2 percent. Some classifications will receive equity adjustments in addition to the across-the-board raises and longevity pay.
The tentative agreement, as currently negotiated, is worth about $130 million, meaning that is how much payroll and benefit costs will rise for the county for the total of the 44 months covered by the agreement. For years prior to this, the county budget was balanced on the backs of employees who saw paychecks decrease, sometimes by hundreds of dollars.
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