Archived News Release from 2006
For Immediate Release
City Seeking Agreement with Police Officers Association
Redwood City , CA – June 27, 2006 - With the rejection by the Redwood City Police Officers Association (POA) of the City’s most recent contract offer, the City continues in good faith to seek common ground and find a fair and reasonable resolution. Redwood City is prepared to negotiate an agreement that best meets the needs of the community at-large, and encourages the POA to return to the bargaining table.
“My colleagues on the City Council and I have a great deal of respect for the professionals in our police department, and for the work they do,” said Barbara Pierce, Mayor of Redwood City. “The fact that they are the highest paid officers in San Mateo County speaks to that.”
Many of the City’s other bargaining units have accepted a two-year salary freeze as part of Redwood City’s fiscal recovery program – they are willingly doing their part for the financial well-being of the City as we finally start to emerge from the fiscal crises of the last few years. The City is calling for the Police Officers Association to do their part as well, and accept a temporary one-year suspension in pay increases – clearly a fair and equitable trade-off in light of other departments’ continuing financial sacrifices.
The fact is, this is really only a delay in police salary increases. After the one-year freeze a new salary survey will be conducted and the POA’s salary range will be adjusted upward to match the median of comparable agencies – their salaries will in effect be “made whole” after that one-year delay. That delay is a small price to pay as part of the City’s overall fiscal recovery.
Throughout this process, community safety is of course paramount in the minds of the members of the City Council. Knowing the professionalism of the members of our police department, the Council is confident that this is also the case for each and every officer, no matter what the circumstances.
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