Costa Mesa Employee Group Makes Offer
Today the Costa Mesa City Employees Association (CMCEA), met with officials from the City of Costa Mesa and made its initial proposal to the City. CMCEA President, Helen Nenadal, is quoted as saying,
“The City’s employees have made a proposal that conveys our desire to work collaboratively with the City. Our proposal focuses on partnering to help make Costa Mesa work better, work more efficiently, and deliver the best service possible to the community. It also includes some common-sense reforms aimed at improving accountability and transparency for the public. We truly hope the City will consider our proposal in the same spirit of collaboration.”
The proposal actually consists of eleven (11) separate elements, which I'll summarize here.
1 - A two-year term, commencing 9/1/13.
2 - Establish a Citywide LEAN program to improve methods in City government.
3 - A wage increase each year tied to General Fund Revenue.
4 - Significant modification of Sick Leave program.
5 - Increase employee contributions to CalPERS pension.
6 - Establish employer/employee working group to develop and implement a Costa Mesa Employee Wellness Initiative.
7 - Modification of work schedules where feasible.
8 - Partner on Transparency, Disclosure and Accountability, with new language proposed for the MOU.
9 - Formalize Christmas/New Year's closure.
10 - Continuity of Service - No Layoffs except in the case of "catastrophic fiscal emergency".
11 - Delete Article 1.9 of the MOU which contains acknowledgment that the parties have complied with all term and conditions of prior MOUs. CMCEA is unwilling to acknowledge such compliance by the City and proposed deleting the Article.
The complete text of the proposal can be found HERE.
HOPING FOR THE BEST, EXPECTING THE WORST