Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and the city council have reached tentative agreements with four public-employee unions that will save the city about $28 million a year, union officials said on Monday. The deals are with the city’s police and fire unions and with Professional & Technical Engineers Local 21 and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245. Each has agreed to concessions of 9 percent, although each has chosen to structure the givebacks differently, union officials said.
The union concessions will allow the city to stave off planned major cuts to city services, including proposed cuts to libaries, parks, tree maintenance, and arts funding. “It’s certainly painful for our members, but everybody understands how difficult the situation is for the city … and we’re willing to step up and do our share,” said Jeff Levin of Local 21.