San Diego – Members of AFSCME Local 127 (District Council 36) have approved a historic three-year contract with the City of San Diego. This makes him one of the largest union contracts in California history.
The deal was ratified this month, with 99% of voting members approving the interim agreement.
Negotiators spent seven months working to reach an agreement to invest in city officials and address long-standing issues important to them.
“In my career of over 27 years working for the City of San Diego, I have never heard or seen such a large contract given to a hard-working and dedicated employee,” said Tim of AFSCME Local 127. President Douglas said. “This deal is a start in the right direction for our employees.”
The deal includes a 21% pay raise over three years. Also included is a 6-10% salary adjustment that will benefit more than 1,200 members of the bargaining department. In addition, membership increases his flexible benefits by 15% over his three years. The agreement also addresses outsourcing by narrowing the scope of what outsourcing is permitted to do and demanding more accountability before and during outsourcing.
For years, the city has struggled to recruit and retain workers, largely due to subpar wages. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria acknowledged the positive effects of the deal on the city.
“This agreement is another step in reversing years of underinvestment in our workforce that have resulted in talent shortages and delayed or degraded resident services. We will definitely have workers who can provide the level of service they deserve,” Gloria said.
As a result of these hard-won wage increases, the vacancy rate of 23% by class represented by Local 127 will eventually be eliminated. This will greatly reduce the burden on workers who have had to carry the additional workload.
In addition to ratifying the contract, members of Local 127 registered 70 new members. This will help us continue to build strength for a better future.
AFSCME’s Staff the Frontline initiative is a nationwide effort to increase the staffing of public service positions. Workforce cuts and hiring freezes during the COVID-19 pandemic have reduced public service workforces. Currently, public services are still short of hundreds of thousands of jobs compared to pre-pandemic levels. States, cities, and towns aren’t hiring fast enough to fill the lost jobs, putting a strain on the everyday heroes who keep their communities running.
As part of this effort, AFSCME members recruit qualified and passionate professionals to work in the public service and organize to ensure that legislators are properly investing in essential workers.