Beverly Hills News – City Council to Hold Special Meeting Tuesday to Vote on MOUs with City Employees
Posted Saturday, Aug. 9 – 3:42 PM
By Victoria Talbot
The Beverly Hills City Council will hold a special meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. to discuss Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) with City employees bargaining units; the Municipal Employees Association, the Safety Support Association, the Management and Professional Employees Association, the Supervisors Association and the Confidential Employees Association.
Last week, The Courier reported that Beverly Hills City Employees rejected a 13-percent raise offered at the negotiating table over a four-year period in favor of returning to an 11-percent increase over a two-year period.
The agreement would include 10-percent the first year and an additional one-percent the second year. Employees would be able to head back to the bargaining table next year for an additional raise.
The City Employees Association, headed by Robin Nahin, represents Beverly Hills’ bargaining units. “Obviously content of the second offer wasn’t as good as the the first offer,” Nahin told The Courier.
The same offer came before the City in June and was voted down by Councilmember John Mirisch, Councilmember Nancy Krasne and Mayor Lili Bosse. Last week, two of the bargaining units filed a complaint against the City through Nahin’s office.
Councilmember John Mirisch wrote a Guest Editorial for The Courier explaining that he will continue to vote against the 11-percent hike. “The goal of being more efficient in our spending should be to provide residents with better value-for-money and to enhance our quality of life – not to overpay into a system with unsustainable salaries and benefits,” he said. “Quite frankly, I think it’s unfair to solve the pension crisis solely on the backs of our residents. I’m disappointed that some employees for whom 13-percent salary increases are just not enough seem to feel entitled to even more. I’m disappointed they evidently feel they don’t have o be part of a longer-term, systemic solution – that the solution to the pension crisis is not their problem, but ours,” he said.
Mirisch’s editorial points out that after they rejected the 13-percent increase, “they let it be known to the City’s lawyer that if they weren’t offered a contract acceptable to them, there could be labor unrest, including picketing and strikes.”
The average salaries for the five bargaining units are $57,398; $58.313;$63,896; $80,021; and $97,521. The salaries are at least on par, if not higher, than household incomes in 90211 and 90212.
The raises will cost the City $900,000.