Council Approves New Contract with City’s Biggest Union

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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The City Council unanimously approved a new contract with its biggest bargaining unit ​— ​SEIU Local 235 ​— ​which provides for pay increases of 7 percent staggered over three years. SEIU, which represents about 450 workers, agreed to take no wage increases throughout the recession and accepted work furloughs. In exchange, city administrators agreed to eliminate positions without laying off actual workers, though by attrition, the city’s work force shrunk by about 10 percent. The new contract will cost City Hall slightly more than $2 million in additional expenses. With increases in bed, sales, and property taxes all exceeding projections, city administrators say the additional costs can be absorbed.


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The problem with unions is you eventually run out of non-union money.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2014 at 9:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

ATTRITION . well put!
(I'm currently seeking a pre attrition position myself!)

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2014 at 11:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So the SEIU is the biggest supporter of the same politicians that determine their contracts. Well Played

CManSB (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2014 at 2:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Every time city workers get raises it automatically increases the city's long-term pension obligations.

The city's status quo defined-benefit pension plan is crazy. The more we pay city workers today, means we pay them even more in retirement. Which means less and less for present city needs, as each city worker finally retires.

This is exactly why city union members come out in full force to get exactly the city council members that work best for themselves, because they have a direct interest in taking the lion's share of city tax revenues all for themselves and the heck with the rest of the city's needs.

The sooner city voters realize there is one reason and one reason only city union members (police, fire and staff SEIU) spend huge dollars getting their friends on city council is not for the good of the city; but for their own pocket books.

Wake up, city voters. You did this to yourselves. And now there is no more money left for what city residents themselves need. A half billion dollars in unfounded city liabilities is a huge price to pay for this incestuous long-term city union-city council relationship.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2014 at 4:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

SEIU is the biggest supporter of the candidates that most SB voters chose to keep digging this whole even deeper.

Voting against one's own self-interests and in favor of those who are taking away your own tax dollars while decreasing your own public services is an odd electoral phenomenon in this city.

Such is the power of duplicitous marketing by city employee unions that now have more money to spend than God to foster on their own electoral self- interests.

As long as voters keep doing this to themselves. viva la democracy. The people have spoken.

They want public employees to take their tax dollars and spend it only the employees themselves with ever-increasing perks, benefits, days off and life-time compensation long after they finish doing their work for the city. They bargain with their morale, and it is our duty to keep them happy. Pay up.

That is how the voters chose to spend the limited amount of tax dollars this city raises. The voters said: spend it on the city employees. Don't bother spending it on anything that might benefit us instead.

We want happy city employees and will pay what ever it takes to keep them happy. Job number one for this city: good employee morale

You want a round about at Las Positas and Cliff instead of a stop light. Sure, we will just make up the difference, even though we don't really have enough money. See how it works - see how easy it is to promise spending someone else's money?

You want underground utilities -- that we no can do, because we have to start paying pensions for all the recent retirements that we promised back when Harriet Miller was mayor but we don't have the money now to do it. So sorry.

Not enough people came to council wearing tee-shirts and carrying signs for underground utilities, so no promises made to you folks. Too elitist to even ask, so don't bother. No political mojo out of that issue to be gained.

Promises made are promises kept. Even I believe this, so there will be no more money for any major city improvements. Sorry.

But thank you for your continuing votes of confidence this is the way to do business in the city of Santa Barbara. The city employee unions thank you, their marketing firms thank you and God bless Tiny Tim.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
January 30, 2014 at 9:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt (anonymous profile)
January 31, 2014 at 10:29 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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