San Francisco police officers approved a union contract over the weekend that will ultimately save The City money through a combination of salary deferrals and early pension payments.
The Mayor’s Office confirmed that police officers voted to approve the contract created by Mayor Ed Lee and the police union.
Union members could not immediately be reached for comment, but the Mayor’s Office said, “Lee is appreciative of the vote and the willingness of our city’s first responders to step up and help balance the budget.”
With the contract approval, police officers will immediately get a 3 percent pay increase and another 2 percent increase in April. Officers will also pay an additional 3 percent in to their pensions. The concessions will prevent any department layoffs.
Firefighters are expected to vote on a similar contract this month. If the firefighters approve their agreement, The City stands to save $31 million over the next two years, according to Lee’s office.