Santa Ana Council About to Ink Deal With Police Union

Santa Ana City Council members are set to formally adopt a labor agreement with police officers on Tuesday that would run through the end of June 2015.

The city staff report, however, doesn’t explain what the changes are.

Instead, it states the new contract would ratify a previous “side letter agreement” from October.

That agreement calls for a 1-percent salary increase retroactive to July 2013. Sworn officers would pay an extra 1.1-percent of their paychecks toward pensions while nonsworn workers would pay 1.3-percent less toward their pensions.

The city would also pay $1,335 per month toward medical insurance for each officer, though the summary (here on page 177) doesn’t state how much the city was previously paying.

Sick leave and “personal necessity leave” would no longer be counted toward overtime hours, and new employees would be subject to unspecified changes to “career development pay,” among other changes.

In all, city staff estimated that the agreement will save taxpayers $515,000 per year.

The meeting starts Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Click here for the staff report.

Curious what else is happening this week? Click here to check out our rundown at On the Agenda.

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