Thirty-six supervisorial and management employees of the city of Menlo Park would receive a 3 percent increase in base salaries under a tentative agreement with the city on a new two-year labor contract, the city announced Oct. 5. The employees are represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
This tentative agreement, reached Sept. 29, three months after expiration of the former contract on June 30, also contains a one-time $1,000 bonus and a 3 percent increase in the city's contribution to "cafeteria" benefits accounts, used by most employees for medical insurance. Reimbursements previously given for childcare and recreation would be added to these accounts.
Further, the city would pay for vision insurance coverage, pending approval by all other employees represented by a union.
The agreement will go before the City Council for possible ratification Oct. 20.
Dave Bertini, the city's interim human resources director, said the city has hired the consultant Koff and Associates to study the city's job classifications and compensation to determine if pay is aligned with market rates. The consultant has surveyed employees and is now in the process of interviewing employees one-on-one. The process is expected to be completed in early 2016.
From March 1 to June 1, 2016, salary negotiations would be allowed to take place again. If agreement is not reached on changes to job classifications and compensation, all employees will receive an additional 2 percent raise.
Mr. Bertini said that the demand for well-qualified employees in Menlo Park is significant, and that it can be a challenge for the city to retain employees long-term with such a strong local job market.
"We're continuing to try to bring our employees a salary and benefits package that will be competitive," he said.
Details of the proposed contract is in the city's staff report.