City of Long Beach, CA

12/06/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2023 10:43

Long Beach City Council Ratifies City’s Labor Agreement with Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees (AEE) Bargaining Unit

PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802

12/6/2023
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 120623
Subject:
Long Beach City Council Ratifies City's Labor Agreement with Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees (AEE) Bargaining Unit
Contact:
Joe Ambrosini
562.570.6140
[email protected]
Director
Department of Human Resources


Long Beach, CA - During the Dec. 5, 2023, meeting, the Long Beach City Council approved with a 7 to 0 vote to ratify the tentative three-year labor agreement between the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees (AEE)...

"As Long Beach continues to make unprecedented investments into our public realm and infrastructure, it's important that we continue to offer stronger, more competitive compensation and employee benefits in order to recruit and retain a healthy city workforce," said Mayor Rex Richardson. "This agreement with the Long Beach Association of Engineering Employees elevates our support for our represented employees."

The tentative agreement with the AEE prioritizes the retention and recruitment of City employees by supporting fair and competitive compensation. To achieve this, the City and AEE concentrated on elevating as many job classifications as possible by providing an "equity adjustment" in FY 24 based on the percentages listed below:

  • 2% for 34 classifications.
  • 6% for 27 classifications.
  • 7% for 11 classifications.

"This agreement supports fair and equitable pay and other benefits for AEE employees. I appreciate the work and support of everyone involved in reaching this agreement." said City Manager Tom Modica.

The tentative agreement also includes the following major terms:

  • Three-year contract term from Oct. 1, 2023, to Sept. 30, 2026.
  • General wage increases for all bargaining members: 5.6% in FY24, 1% in FY25 and 1% in FY26.
  • One-time lump sum bonus to all permanent full-time and Non-Career bargaining members.
  • Increase of current skill pays to support various operational needs of the City.
  • Revisions to employee benefits including bereavement leave, paid parental leave, extension of vacation accrual maximum cap, and funding support for the Education Assistance Program.

"The engineer's union, represented by City Employees Associates, is pleased with the overall 2023 to 2026 contract," said President Jason Rodriguez. "Every single AEE member benefited from our negotiations and we are proud of that. AEE and the City share a goal of minimizing recruitment and retention issues, and AEE feels that this agreement is a step in the right direction. We've made considerable progress in bringing general salaries to the median and we look forward to future salary surveys that include enterprise-funded organizations."

Prior to reaching this agreement, City and AEE representatives held 12 meetings since May 2023. Members of the AEE voted to ratify the agreement on Nov. 10, 2023. The CAA represents approximately 217 employees.

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Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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