Thursday, July 23, 2009

Oakland Cops to Take Compensation Cuts

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 6:28 AM

The Oakland Police Officers' union is expected to agree to an overall 7.5 percent cut in compensation after union leaders reached a tentative agreement with the city. According to the Chron and the Trib, the police rank-and-file began voting on the agreement last night. The deal would save the city about $11.8 million next year, and it's hard to see the union members turning it down, after it got a ringing endorsement from their leadership. "I think it's a good deal for everybody right now," Sgt. Dom Arotzarena, the police union president, told the Trib. "It will save jobs. It will save the city money."

The deal means that the police union is now the last of Oakland's employee unions to agree to compensation cuts to help the city balance its $83 million budget deficit. The other unions all accepted 10 percent cuts. But it was tougher to negotiate with the cops' union because it already had a contract in place while the other unions were all negotiating new pacts. The city's negotiations were led by Vice Mayor Ignacio De La Fuente, who deserves credit for taking a tough stance and extracting a good deal for Oakland.


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