Firefighters Local 2046 has reached a tentative agreement, which includes giving up a portion of previously negotiated wage increases and asking new hires to pay part of their retirement cost-of-living adjustments.
The agreement would eliminate 1.5 percent from the total of previously negotiated wage increases, and the union also has agreed that there will be no wage increases for the next year.
The agreement would also reconfigure salary increases of 4 percent for the next two years, and 4½ percent in 2015. The changes would also eliminate a $70-per-pay-period employer-paid retirement offset for the future union employees as of this September.
As of 2014, negotiations would begin for current employees sharing the cost of retirement COLAs and additional changes to pension benefits and retiree medical for new employees.
The county estimates that these changes would save $1.4 million over the next year, with $450,000 as ongoing savings. All of those savings will remain in the Fire Department’s budget.
Tuesday’s meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Board Hearing Room on the fourth floor of the County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara.