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AFSCME, City of Jacksonville reach agreement that will save $4 million

3:44 PM, Jun 29, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The city's new deal with the local branch of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees will save taxpayers nearly $4 million, $1.3 million over the next three years.

The agreement still has to be ratified by the City Council and AFSCME, but if the tentative agreement goes into effect, AFSCME employees will maintain their current pay and health care contribution from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015 rather than see a pay reduction restored.

According to a release from the city, AFSCME had agreed to a two percent pay reduction and a five percent health care contribution. However, the current contract would have restored the two percent pay reduction prior to its expiration on September 30, 2012.

Around 2,000 city employees in clerical, administrative and technical positions are AFSCME members.

"This is another good example of the progress that is possible when we work together," said Mayor Brown. "I appreciate the constructive approach that local AFSCME leaders took to the negotiations and truly believe that this tentative agreement is in the best interests of both taxpayers and employees."

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