Angels Camp, CA– After a year-long effort, the City of Angels Camp and the City of Angels Employees Association (CAEA) have reached a settlement in their contract negotiations.
The last contract between the City and the employee’s association expired June 30th. On August 16th, the City Council unanimously adopted a 2-year agreement that had been ratified by the employees one week earlier.
Under the terms, employee salaries will be frozen for two years although the parties can re-open the contract to discuss wages if the City’s finances improve next year. The employees also agreed to pay a portion of their pension contribution and make changes in the City’s health plan.
Last year negotiations had broken down between the City and CAEA. The City had imposed its last and final offer to the employees, significantly reducing or eliminating a number of employee benefits.
CAEA claimed that the City had failed to meet and confer in good faith and filed an unfair practice charge with the Public Employment Relations Board. While the charges were pending, the parties continued to exchange proposals through their representatives resulting in a resolution of the disputed issues and a new Memorandum of Understanding.
In settling the contract, the City agreed to reinstate benefits previously taken away. The CAEA has also withdrawn its petition filed with the Public Employment Relations Board.