More than 60 Teamsters 856 members working for the City of Daly City overwhelmingly ratified new contracts this month that include an average of 10% in raises over two years and increases the city’s contribution to health care costs.
A portion of the gains in the new agreements represent restorations of sacrifices members agreed to in order to aid the city during the Great Recession.
When, in the last round of contract negotiations, the city attempted to make further cutbacks, despite the ongoing economic recovery, Local 856 teamed up with other unions representing Daly City workers to commission an independent economist to analyze the city’s finances.
The economist’s findings revealed that the city had excessive reserves and consequently, the members have negotiated ongoing improvements to get back to pre-recession levels.
“The sacrifices our members made during the years of the economic downturn had a real impact and they deserved to be made whole,” said Teamsters 856 Secretary-Treasurer Peter Finn, who served as lead negotiator. “This latest round of negotiations is the culmination of our persistance and long fight to ensure that our members’ livelihoods were restored as the city bounced back from the recession.”
Teamsters 856 represents City of Daly City employees working in the clerical, fire inspectors and police assistant/dispatcher units.