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San Diego City Council OKs Contracts With Three Employee Unions

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The San Diego City Council signed off today on two-year labor contracts with three unions that agreed to frozen salaries, reduced benefits, fewer holidays and mandatory furloughs.

The reduced compensation will save the city about $32 million in fiscal 2010-11 and lead to long-term savings through lower pension and retiree health care obligations, according to the mayor's office.

The City Council approved contacts with the San Diego Municipal Employees Association, San Diego City Firefighters Local 145 and Deputy City Attorneys Association.

Council President Ben Hueso said he hoped people recognized the sacrifices public employees will be making in helping close a $60 million budget gap for the fiscal year starting July 1.

"We are asking ten thousand people to step up to the plate so that 1.2 million people can have the privilege of visiting our beaches, our parks and our libraries," he said.

The Municipal Employee Association agreed to $8.9 million in pay and benefit cuts.

Firefighters union agreed to reduced compensation totaling $5.8 million, and deputy city attorneys agreed to $700,000 in reduced pay and benefits.

Mayor Jerry Sanders was unable to negotiate new labor agreements with the city's two other employee unions, and the stalemate prompted the City Council to impose one-year contracts on the San Diego Police Officers Association and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 127.

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