Mayor Pete Aguilar and Mayor Pro Tem Paul Foster will host an informational session next week for residents regarding the City’s recent negotiations and new contract agreements with several of the City’s employee bargaining groups.
The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in the City Council Chambers at 35 Cajon St. Along with Mayor Aguilar will be representatives from the City’s Human Resources and Finance departments, as well as the City’s negotiator, who will be available to answer questions on details of the agreements and their financial impact on the City.
The City Council began negotiations with seven of the City’s nine employee bargaining units in February 2012 with the goal of achieving concessions on benefit costs, especially retirement and health benefits, and controlling overtime costs.
The City reached agreements with the Redlands Professional Firefighters Association and the Redlands Association of Fire Management Employees in October 2012. In July of this year, the City reached agreement on new Memoranda of Understanding with the Redlands Association of Management Employees and the Redlands Association of Mid-Management Employees.
An agreement with the City’s General Employees Association of Redlands has also been approved by the bargaining unit and will go to the City Council for approval on Sept. 3.
Bargaining units representing Redlands Police officers last year unilaterally exercised an extension of their existing contracts. Negotiations with the remaining bargaining units, Redlands Civilian Safety Employees Association and the Redlands Association of Directors, are continuing and the City Council is optimistic that agreements will be reached with those groups soon.
Anyone is welcome to attend Monday’s informational meeting and there will be an opportunity for the public to ask questions.