02/13/09 - Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced the first wage concession agreement this year by a City labor union. On February 12, 2009, the City’s negotiating team and the Teamsters, Local 856 reached a tentative agreement for wage concessions in the Supervising Nurses labor agreement. These 126 nursing supervisors and directors are currently in a closed contract with guaranteed wage increases, but have agreed to reduce their upcoming wages. The agreement saves $113,000 in the current fiscal year and approximately $800,000 in fiscal year 2009-2010, reducing the City’s wage costs next year by 3.72%.
"We have seen the layoffs and service reductions in our department and we want to help," said Lawrence Nicholls, a member of the union’s bargaining team.
"We are proud of the leadership shown by our supervising nurses during this economic crisis," said Mayor Gavin Newsom. "Their spirit of public service is truly inspiring. President Obama has called on all of us to accept a little less, and the nurses deserve recognition for heeding that call."
The agreement is subject to ratification by the union’s membership and final adoption of the contract amendment by the Board of Supervisors.