January 19, 2017
RE: City/SFMTA Contract Negotiations Update
As we noted in our posting from January 14th, the City and the SFMTA have approached IBEW Local 6 to discuss a two year extension of the current MOUs. They approached all of the Unions with MOUs expiring in 2017 with this extension offer.
IBEW Local 6 met with the designated bargaining representatives of other Unions that make up the Public Employee Committee (PEC) of the San Francisco Labor Council. The representatives of the member Unions from the PEC debated the extension offer extensively and collaboratively worked on counter proposals to the terms offered. There being no consensus to reject the extension offer, discussions moved to the pros and cons and how to improve the extension.
IBEW Local 6 took issue with the nature of the extension offer, namely that it was presented outside of the normal bargaining process and that it required a fast turnaround. As we had yet to speak with the City/SFMTA, we did not fully understand their reasoning. Based upon subsequent discussions with the City/SFMTA, and in discussions with the other member Unions of the PEC, we came to understand their reasoning.
San Francisco is seriously concerned that some of the funding they receive from the Federal Government, either directly or as a pass through from the State of California, will soon be on the chopping block. As they prepare for the coming budget cycle, they need to have solid numbers to enable them to fight for their funding sources. We believe that there is some merit to their concerns.
As a result of our conversations with the City/SFMTA, IBEW Local 6, along with all other major Public Employee Unions at the City/SFMTA, has tentatively agreed to the two year contract extension. That Tentative Agreement (terms listed below) will be discussed and put to a vote of the members working under both the City and SFMTA contracts. A notice regarding a Special Called Meeting will be mailed out in the coming days, and all members currently working for the City and SFMTA are strongly encouraged to attend that meeting.
The terms tentatively agreed to are as follows:
- Effective July 1, 2017, represented employees will receive a base wage increase of 3%;
- Effective July 1, 2018, , represented employees will receive a base wage increase of 3%, except that if the March 2018 Joint Report, prepared by the Controller, the Mayor’s Budget Director and the Board of Supervisors’ Budget Analyst, projects a budget deficit for fiscal year 2018-2019 that exceeds $200 million, then the base wage adjustment of 3% due on July 1, 2018, will be delayed by six (6) months and be effective the pay period including January 1, 2019;
- Term of extension is two years, July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019.
John J. Doherty
Business Manager – Financial Secretary
IBEW Local 6