Emergency employee meeting held to discuss City’s extreme proposal

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CMCEA’s bargaining team met today in an emergency meeting with membership to review the City’s initial bargaining proposal, which would gut a contract that represents decades of consensus building, reduce take home pay for many employees by at least 15 percent, and allow the city to lay off employees with no notice.

The proposal provided by the City is 57 pages and is essentially a red-lined version of the employees current agreement with the City. Of the 22 contract provisions that employees and the City have mutually agreed upon during the past several decades, the City’s proposal would dramatically change all but one. None of the proposed changes would have a positive impact on employee compensation or other working conditions. Continue reading

A bargaining history: CMCEA partners with the City

2013: Contract negotiations begin. Since 2004, the City has downsized significantly as a result of layoffs and eliminating vacant positions within the City. Employees have increasingly been doing more with less, while maintaining the high level of customer service our community expects and deserves.

2011: New employees hired after July 1, 2011 automatically participate in a less-expensive new pension tier, which CMCEA negotiated in 2010.

2010: For the fiscal year 2010-11 contract, CMCEA presents 25 potential cost-cutting measures to the City Council and the Council rejects them all. Instead, they present CMCEA with a list of demands, and, hoping to help the city while prevent further impacts to the city’s workforce, CMCEA agrees to all demands. CMCEA agrees to contribute even more to their existing retirements, as well as create a lower, less expensive pension tier for new employees. Employees also agree to furloughs between Christmas and New Year’s Day and other changes to health care and holiday time.

2009-2010: In order to address budget challenges, the City lays off nearly 30 employees while others took pay cuts to preserve their jobs. Employees also agreed to a five percent furlough.

2009: More than 20 full-time employees are laid off in July and August. An additional nine employees are shifted from full time to part-time work. Seven other employees are demoted because of position elimination.

2008: Employees agree again to increase the contribution they pay to their pensions. This is the last year employees receive a general wage increase.

2008: In the wake of the housing market crash, CMCEA members offer to take early retirements to prevent layoffs in the City.

2004: Costa Mesa employees negotiate a retirement enhancement and agree to contribute toward their pensions.