San Leandro Police Settle Contract

Isaac Benabou, police association president.

The San Leandro Police Officers Association and the City of San Leandro have agreed to a three-year labor contract.
The 2013-2015 agreement provides wage increases to retain  officers and to recruit qualified new officers, while keeping the city financially sustainable for the long term, according to city officials.
“We commend the San Leandro Police Officers Association for working diligently with the city to produce a new agreement that recognizes our shared goals of public safety and fiscal responsibility,” said Mayor Stephen Cassidy. “San Leandrans are rightly proud of having one of the finest police departments in California.”
Under the agreement, effective Jan. 1, the 82 members of police officers’ association will receive no raise until 2014 and begin paying this year the employee share of the city’s annual pension obligations to the California Public Employee Retirement System.
Employee retirement contributions will be 3 percent of salary in 2013 and increase by 3 percent each year until reaching 9 percent of salary in 2015.
Association members will receive a 4 percent raise in 2014, up to 8 percent in 2015. Officers will also continue the 50/50 sharing of health insurance increases over the contract term.
“Our officers have worked hard in keeping San Leandro a safe place to work, play and live and have done an excellent job in doing so,” said Isaac Benabou, police association president.  “All of our members enjoy serving this great city and have recognized that our relationship is unique within the Bay Area.”
Though the city’s revenues have improved as the city and state have emerged from the Great Recession, San Leandro’s general fund remains constrained, say city officials.  Police association members have not received a pay increase since 2010. The agreement will save the city $153,924 in 2013 and about $102,939 in 2014.
The contract will cost the city roughly $304,519 in 2015, the final year.
For information call Human Resources Manager LaTanya Bellow at (510) 577-3399.