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Cops, office staff get salary boost

An agreement with Teamsters Local Union No. 760, representing office and clerical staff with the city of Sunnyside, as well as an agreement with the Sunnyside Police Guild were approved at Monday's Sunnyside City Council meeting.

Each of the two unions struck deals that included wage increases. It was the police guild's agreement, however, that left a bitter taste in the mouths of some council members.

Councilman Mike Farmer was first to express his concerns. "There were parameters set before the agreement...we didn't bend for other unions," he said, explaining he was uncomfortable with some of the concessions made in the agreement.

Councilman Tom Gehlen and Mayor Jim Restucci, too, expressed concern over the concessions.

"But, I believe the best agreement possible was made," said Restucci.

The Sunnyside Police Guild was granted a 3 percent wage adjustment for 2010. Another 2 percent adjustment and a 2 percent match to deferred compensation was awarded for 2011. Police officers will also receive a 100 percent consumer price index increase in 2012. That adjustment will be a minimum of 3 percent and is not to exceed 5 percent.

Police officers have not had a collective bargaining agreement in place since 2008. The two-year agreement signed for Jan. 1, 2006 through 2008 was extended through 2009.

Monday, the council agreed to a two-year contract with the union.

For the office and clerical staff, a four-year agreement was signed. The agreement is retroactive to Jan. 1, 2010 and expires Dec. 31, 2014.

The office and clerical staff, too, have been working without a contract in place since 2009. In 2009 and 2010, a contract that expired in 2008 was extended.

The office and clerical staff did not receive a wage adjustment for 2010. The union and city agreed to a 1.5 percent wage adjustment this year and another 2.5 percent adjustment in 2012. A 2 percent wage increase was agreed upon for 2013 and in 2014 a 90 percent consumer price index increase not to exceed 3 percent was included in the contract.

The police contract was approved by a 4-2 vote. Famer and Councilman Pablo Garcia dissented.

The office and clerical staff contract was approved by unanimous consent.

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