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Santa Rosa middle managers OK furloughs


Santa Rosa and its middle managers have agreed to concessions that will save the city about $515,000 for the budget year starting Friday.

The deal, approved by the city council Tuesday, allows for the 103 employees represented by the Santa Rosa Management Association to take furloughs equal to 68.5 hours, or about a week and a half of unpaid time off.

That’s equivalent to 3.3 percent of salary.

The agreement also increases the health care costs for workers. Co-pays will go up on all plans and premiums on more expensive plans will rise, said Human Resources Director Fran Elm.

Council members thanked the employees but also hinted that the time for short-term fixes such as furloughs was coming to an end.

“It’s not lost on the council that furloughs do not solve the problem in the long run,” Councilman John Sawyer said.

About $230,000 of the savings are applicable to the city general fund, which has a $1 million deficit expected to be made up through employee concessions. The city’s largest union, the 440-member Santa Rosa City Employees Association, is at an impasse in negotiations and has called for a mediator.

City Manager Kathy Millison has said she is confident employees will offer at least $1 million in concessions.

3 Responses to “Santa Rosa middle managers OK furloughs”

  1. I hope someone is watching says:

    I KNOW YOU WORK HERE BUT WHAT DO YOU DO? We should be asking this question of each one of these positions!

    County worker neighbor: “You know I had to wait for my Mgrs, Manager to show up to talk about losing my job.”
    Me:Your regular Mgr could not tell you that?
    Neighbor:No, thats not her job to talk to me about that.
    Me: Your *%$#$@@$$% kidding me.
    True story folks!
    How many cheifs do we need? What does the dept heads do?
    This is where the cash is going!

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  2. MOCKINGBIRD says:

    GAJ-real cuts would be managers being laid off, not taking MTO. 3.3% of a huge salary is not much. Frontline staff are taking the brunt of the cuts with layoffs. I still think the PD should look into the manager to frontline staff ratio for both the city and the county. Afterall, it’s the frontline staff that works for the public. When offices have to be closed because workers have been laid off the public just doesn’t get served. It’s the managers making the decisions on layoffs with the city council and BOS backing.

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  3. GAJ says:

    Stories abound of Cities like San Jose and Oakland making real cuts, (ie. 10% for firefighters if I’m not mistaken).

    If the cuts aren’t actual pay cuts of double digits, and if government employees aren’t paying the MAJORITY (ie. 2/3) of their pension costs then “cuts,” as discussed in this article are just tiny preliminary baby steps.

    Stay tuned, more to come.

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