12/06/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/06/2023 10:43
City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
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:
"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:
"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.
About the City of Long Beach
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.