Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Police and fire departments are not recession proof. Budgets are being cut. That means jobs are going to be on the line. When faced with job cuts or pay cuts, the police union of the Tracy (California) Police Department agreed to forego pay raises and benefit increases, in effect agreeing to a pay cut. How many other police and fire departments will be faced with the same choices?

By Bob Walsh

PacoVilla Corrections blog
January 19, 2010

The Tracy Police Officers Association took a vote Friday. They decided to significantly amend their current contract, which runs until July 2011. They agreed to forgo scheduled pay raises and benefit increases for the length of the contract. They further agreed to bump up the retirement age from 50 to 55. The outcome of the vote was as expected according to Marc Berman, president of the TPOA.

The Department has 85 officers and took a $1.12 million dollar hit. The concessions will avoid layoffs, which would have included the gang unit, two Sergeants and one Captain.

The Tracy City Council is expected to vote on the proposal possibly as soon as tonight.

No comments: