Napa County’s largest employee union tentatively agreed to a slew of concessions this week, including pay and benefit freezes for the next fiscal year.
The Napa Association of Public Employees voted this week to ratify a tentative one-year extension to its current contract with the county, which was originally extended when it expired in June 2009.
The new agreement provides no cost-of-living or equity adjustments for county employees, and the county will freeze employee health insurance contributions at 2009 levels.
If approved, this will be the second consecutive year that county employees and management do not receive cost-of-living or equity salary increases.
The agreement also calls for the union and county management to work together during the coming fiscal year to explore lower retirement benefits for new employees.
“I am gratified that, once again, employee leaders have shown that they recognize the economic and fiscal realities that our nation and our county are up against,” said Napa County CEO Nancy Watt. “And I am looking forward to continuing to work together to explore lower tier retirement benefits for new employees that will lower costs while providing a fair benefit.”
County employees ratified the agreement on June 24.
The Napa County Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve the agreement June 29.
If approved, the agreement will go into effect on July 1 and expire on June 30, 2011.
NAPE is a part of SEIU, Local 1021, which represents approximately 1,000 government employees.