REED AND RETIRING STEPHENS SPEAK TO BOTH SIDES; VOTE TO ABSTAIN
By Steven Tavares
San Leandro City Council approves, 5-0, to sign two public employee union contracts. Councilman Bill Stephens and Vice Mayor Ursula Reed both abstained.
Cassidy and his supporter along with new Councilwoman Pauline Cutter called for the council to hold off the vote until after Jan. 1, so the new council could look at the two drafts of the union deal.
Councilman Prola and City Attorney Jayne Williams strongly cautioned the council that going back on their negotiators deal could seen by the unions as bargaining in bad faith and could put the city at legal risk.
The deal to be ratified by both union groups is ostensibly the same as the deal for the past five years. No pay increases, lost pay from 2.8 percent due to 6 furlough days and paying up to 50 percent of any increases in health care insurance. The deal will last for two years, putting it in line with other government labor deals set to expire simultaneously in 2012.
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