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City of Jacksonville, Jacksonville Supervisors Association reach tentative agreement on new labor contract

3:45 PM, Sep 13, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Supervisors Association (JSA) reached a tentative agreement on a new labor contract.

The new contract would save taxpayers $513,000 annually over the next three years, totaling over $1 million, according to a news release from the city's public information office. The agreement must still be ratified by the union's members and the City Council.

JSA members serve as supervisors in almost 460 city positions across Jacksonville. The new contract would be in effect from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015.

Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown said, "I congratulate the JSA for coming to the table and working with the city to reach an agreement that is in the best interests of both taxpayers and employees. This is yet another example of what we can accomplish when we work together.

JSA had agreed under their current agreement to a 2 percent pay cut and to pay 5 percent of their health care contribution.

The tentative agreement would keep the health care contribution JSA members currently pay and their pay. Part of the agreement allows for wage negotiations during the third of the year of the contact, beginning October 1, 2014, the release said. If no agreement is reached by July 1, 2014, the wage rates remain stable.

Retirement benefits are not directly addressed in the tentative agreement. The release said the city and JSA are required under the agreement to hold a series of structured meetings during the rest of 2012 to see if agreement is possible.

JSA membership will vote on the contract for potential ratification.  The vote has been scheduled for September 25. If ratified, the contract would then go to the City Council for approval. If approved by the council, the agreement would go into effect as of October 1.

Correction: A previous version of this story said that 46 city employees are JSA members. The correct number is 460.

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