The Pleasanton City Council is set to review the tentative agreement between the city and the Pleasanton Police Officers Association on Tuesday before the council makes a final vote in October, marking the end of a long summer of negotiations.
According to the staff report, the council will provide comments and obtain public input on several of the key elements in the memorandum of understanding between the two parties including a 16% general wage increase over a three-year contract that expires on May 31, 2026. PPOA members have already ratified the agreement.
"Representatives from PPOA and the city of Pleasanton met and conferred in good faith and have agreed to a successor agreement," the report states.
After Tuesday's initial discussion, the council will vote to approve and ratify the contract at its Oct. 3 meeting.
Officers could expect to see a 6% pay increase the first full pay period after the contract is ratified in October. Police sergeants will also receive an "additional market equity adjustment of 3%", according to the report.
After that, officers would see a 5% increase in June 2024, a 1% increase in December 2024 and a 4% increase in 2025.
The previous contract ended in May without a successor contract, with the PPOA rejecting the city's original final offer of a 15% pay increase for officers over the three-year contract and declaring the two sides were at an impasse.
Since then, community members and police officers alike regularly demanded that the city come to an agreement during past council meetings before the deal was reached late last month.
"All agreements reached between the parties during the meet and confer process are tentative until the contract, in its entirety, is ratified by members of the PPOA -- this was completed on August 30, 2023 -- and approved by the City Council," according to the staff report.
The city's original proposed contract package was set to have a $6.6 million value over the life of the contract, in regards to the city budget -- that has now been bumped up to $6.9 million through the 2025-26 fiscal year.
"For fiscal years 2023-24 and 2024-25, additional funding required to cover increased PPOA staffing costs is approximately $0.5 million," the staff report states. "In order not to increase the overall General Fund budget, budget reductions will be made by freezing certain budgeted/vacant positions as well as reducing some non-personnel budget items across multiple city departments."
The report also states that the funding gap is expected to be approximately $1.2 million annually starting in 2025 and that without any new, sustainable form of revenue, the city will have to make further budget cuts across other city departments.
Staff plan on presenting any necessary budget adjustments during the next biennial budget development process in spring 2025.
Other details from the tentative contract between both the parties include establishing a "Master Officer and Sergeant Program" by December 2025, which will act as a career development program for employees.
The report states that the city will provide master officer and sergeant pay "equal to 2% of base pay to eligible employees as a career development incentive."
Crime scene investigators; officers from the detective, traffic and motor divisions; and those on the SWAT and hostage negotiations teams will also receive a special assignment premium pay equal to 2.5% of the base salary pay.
That premium pay will go up to 5% of the base starting on June 1, 2025, according to the staff report.
Other negotiated items in the contract include an additional 20 hours of supplemental vacation leave for every employee, an increase in the city's contribution to the PPD's Retiree Health Savings Account from $50 a month, to $150 and other specifics on getting paid for attending certain meetings outside of regularly scheduled work hours.
The council meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. this Tuesday (Sept. 19) and will be held in the Remillard Conference Room at the city's Operations Services Center at 3333 Busch Road in Pleasanton. Read the full agenda here.