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Roseville police officers agree to raises

Memorandum of understanding goes through December 2015
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Action Taken

Here’s a look at some other items covered during the Jan. 8 council meeting.

Water-use reduction: The city is asking residential and business customers to immediately reduce their water use by 20 percent on a voluntary basis. The region is facing an unprecedented period of dry conditions that has depleted the water available from Folsom Reservoir, which is Roseville’s main water supply.

Fuel purchase: The city’s Vehicle Maintenance Division has on ongoing need for unleaded, diesel and ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel used in the operations of city vehicles and equipment, and will purchase fuel from Hunt & Sons, Inc. for an estimated annual cost of $1.39 million.

Central Park phase II completion: The second phase of the Central Park project has been completed, and includes installation of children’s play area, covered picnic area, basketball half-court, walkways, turf, landscaping and irrigation. As this phase added neighborhood park components, the maintenance cost is provided through a Community Facilities District for Services, with no impact to the general fund.

~ Sena Christian

 

A memorandum of understanding to give Roseville police officers two upcoming raises has eased some long-held tensions between the city and local law enforcement over compensation.

The Roseville City Council voted 4-0 to approve the raises, along with other contract changes, during Wednesday’s meeting. Councilwoman Bonnie Gore was absent.

The new labor agreement covers the 114 police officers represented by Roseville Police Officers Association and seven sworn managers covered by a separate union -- the Management and Confidential Employees group. The agreement with RPOA will cost an estimated $1.27 million through December 2015.

“It’s no surprise this has been a very long process — probably a lot longer than we would have hoped for,” said Philip Mancini, newly elected president of RPOA, during the meeting. “But we’re satisfied with this MOU. It’s something we can support and use as a starting point for moving forward.”

This MOU took nearly 13 months of negotiations.

The police officers’ salaries will increase 1.5 percent in July, and another 1.5 percent in January 2015. The city will also provide a longevity provision for sworn management only, and transition employees to a “cafeteria” health plan that includes a $150 monthly opt-out feature for employees covered on a non-city sponsored medical plan. The city will slightly increase its health insurance contribution, and the retiree health plan for new hires has been changed.

According to city spokesman Brian Jacobson, the changes in the MOU are “common elements with the other bargaining union agreements with the city” and reflect the city’s goal to align contract terms across bargaining groups as much as possible.

“I’m really excited for both sides,” said Mayor Susan Rohan. “I’m very pleased that you guys have been able to come to an agreement and I know that the community is going to be thrilled that this issue is behind us.”

The tension between the RPOA and the city harkens back to May 2013, when the City Council held an emergency meeting to vote on imposing a “last, best and final” offer for compensation after contract negotiations disintegrated.

City officials decided sworn officers had to start paying their 9 percent employee share into their CalPERS retirement. That cost had been picked up by the city, which also covered the 32 percent employer share. But police officers expressed opposition, arguing that paying into their own pensions resulted in a $500 a month cut to their paychecks.