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Council Adopts New SEIU MOU

On December 3, 2013 the City Council voted unanimously in favor of a new comprehensive MOU covering the City’s SEIU general employees. With approval of the City Council, the new agreement ratified by SEIU members on October 30, 2013 is now in effect. Some key changes include:

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Contract negotiations with SEIU have begun

The City and SEIU have begun bargaining over a new comprehensive MOU. The bargaining team members are Frank Corral, Lisa Munoz, Enrique Barboza, Jeannie Pauli, Diane Howard, Dean Martin, Barbara Hunt, Sammie Luna-Farias, Gloria Melendez (alternate), Ed Toole, and Corrine Parker for the Union; and Tina English, Laura Chavez-Nomura, Chris Vicino, Mario Lara, Scott Catlett, Gina Villasenor, Amy Haug, and Steven Espinoza for the City. Read More...

PENSION REFORM UPDATE – AB340

After many months of public sector pension reform remaining a hot topic, the Conference Committee on Public Employee Pensions passed sweeping reforms of current pension law last week. The changes were subsequently approved on Friday, August 31, 2012 by the Assembly and Senate, and are awaiting the Governor’s Signature. Read More...

New MOU’s for the Police Unit and Police Sergeant’s Unit Finalized

RPOA— On June 5, 2012 the City Council voted unanimously in favor of a new comprehensive MOU covering the Riverside Police Sergeant’s bargaining unit. With the approval of the City Council last week the new agreements ratified by the Sergeants on April 23, 2012 are now in effect. Many of the new agreements are similar to the agreements reached between the Police General Unit with the exception of a few areas specific to the Sergeant’s. Read More...

Tentative Agreement reached with the Police Unit

RPOA – The City and the Police Unit represented by the Riverside Police Officer's Association have reached a tentative agreement on a new Memorandum of Understanding. The Police Unit labor agreement expired on July 1, 2009, which was during the height of the economic meltdown and the Police Unit remained without a contract since that time. As if the economic downturn wasn’t enough, the City got hit with projections last year related to pension costs that showed those costs skyrocketing beyond sustainable levels. However, despite these obstacles the RPOA and the City were able to hammer out a deal. Read More...

City and IBEW Sign Tentative Agreement on a New Contract

IBEW - The City of Riverside and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 47 reached a tentative agreement on new successor contracts for the Utility bargaining unit and the Supervisory bargaining unit. The new 2-year MOU’s incorporate changes to the pension benefits that were agreed to in June, and also address operational issues raised by the Union. The new terms of the successor contracts will be presented to the City Council on November 15, 2011 and were ratified by the IBEW membership on October 19, 2011. Read More...

City Reaches Tentative Deal on Pension Reform with Public Utilities Bargaining Units

IBEW – The City and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local #47 reached a tentative agreement that addresses the City’s unsustainable pension fund obligations. The agreement covers about 200 employees in the Riverside Public Utilities Department from the Utility Field Unit and the Utility Supervisory Unit both represented by IBEW, which creates a second tier for new hires, in which new hires pay their own contributions and have their retirement benefits calculated using the average of their three (3) highest years. Read More...

Deal with SEIU Finalized

SEIU – On Tuesday, June 7, 2011 the City Council approved a new MOU with SEIU that covers employees in both the General bargaining unit and the Solid Waste bargaining unit. Representatives of SEIU who were in attendance at the City Council meeting were recognized by the City Manager and the City Council and praised for their efforts. Each City Councilmember spoke in support of the new deal and gave many thanks to all the employees in these bargaining units for ratifying the agreement and for “stepping up” to help the City make necessary reforms to the pension benefits. Read More...

Tentative Deal Reached with SEIU

SEIU – On Friday, May 6, 2011 the bargaining teams for the City and SEIU reached a tentative agreement on a new memorandum of understanding and on Thursday, May 19, 2011 SEIU was happy to announce that members from both the Refuse bargaining unit and the General Unit bargaining unit voted in favor of the deal. In anticipation of the end of the existing MOU’s and recognizing the revenue impacts associated with the downturns in the national and regional economies, as well as extreme increases anticipated in retirement costs, the City and the Union entered into a new 2-year deal that revises CalPERS retirement provisions for new hires. Read More...

SEIU Retirement Incentive Expiring June 30, 2011

SEIU – The retirement incentive afforded to SEIU employees since 2009 is set to expire on June 30, 2011. Back on September 21, 2009 the City and the Union entered into a special agreement that extended the SEIU memorandum of understanding to 2011, among other things, and also provided all members with a retirement incentive of $20,000 for those bargaining unit members that retired by June 30, 2011. The funds could be taken as cash, used to purchase additional service credit through CalPERS, or used to purchase an annuity through Keenan and Associates. Read More...

The City enters into a new 3-year deal with the Riverside City Firefighters Association and the Riverside Fire Management Group

RCFA/RFMG – On January 25, 2011 the Riverside City Council approved a new comprehensive memorandum of understanding with the labor organizations representing employees in the Fire Department. The key provisions of the new labor agreement include revisions of the CalPERS retirement benefits for new hires only. These new retirement provisions were put into effect on May 13, 2011 as a new second tier of retirement benefits for new hires. Read More...

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