City of Long Beach
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411 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
The City of Long Beach has reached a tentative three-year agreement with the Police Officers Association (POA) that ensures the City remains competitive with other agencies seeking quality police officers.
The agreement includes a phased-in approach for structural wage increases that are in part offset by having employees pay a portion of the City’s pension costs. The new cost-sharing provision will help the City mitigate the rising costs of pensions.
The agreement also provides key benefit enhancements such as a new paid parental leave program, one additional holiday and a modification of holiday and vacation accruals that enhance employees’ ability to balance work and personal lives.
“We are proud to have reached a fair and responsible tentative agreement with the Long Beach Police Officers Association,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This agreement, which includes pension reform, will allow us to continue to hire the best police recruits, and I want to thank the POA leadership and our City negotiating team for their months of hard work.”
“I believe this contract clearly reflects the strong commitment of our Mayor, City Council and City Management towards ensuring high-quality public safety for our entire community,” said POA President James Foster. “We greatly appreciate the hard work of everyone who assisted in finalizing this agreement, and we expect it will help us to continue to recruit and retain the finest police officers in California.”
The tentative agreement addresses issues of recruitment and retention of police officers, incentivizes professional growth in law enforcement and continues to raise the level of competence of law enforcement officers. Key changes include:
The POA membership voted overwhelmingly to ratify the tentative agreement during the month of August. The agreement will now go before the City Council for discussion and consideration on September 17, 2019.
The City of Long Beach and POA representatives held 13 meetings since May 2019 prior to reaching agreement. The tentative agreement would be effective through September 30, 2022.
The POA represents approximately 875 City of Long Beach sworn employees.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.