City of Long Beach 
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Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 090919
City of Long Beach, Police Officers Association (POA) Reach Tentative Labor Agreement
Alex Basquez
Director of Human Resources

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:

  • Three-year contract term.
  • General salary increases of 4 percent in the first year, 3 percent at the start of the third year, and 2.5 percent six months later.
  • One-time payment of $2,000 in the second year (no salary increase).
  • New pension cost sharing structure that requires Classic PERS member employees to contribute an additional 3% of their salary to help offset the employer portion of pension costs.
  • Increased compensation for officers that have an Advance POST certification.
  • Creation of new specialized skill pays for Dive and SWAT to help incentivize critical skills for Police Department operations and public safety.
  • Modification to the police training program which will increase patrol staffing capabilities.
  • Detective Rotational Program to provide further opportunities for officers to gain experience in police investigations.
  • New Paid Parental Leave benefit that provides up to 160 hours of paid leave for eligible employees following the birth of a child, adoption of a child or placement of a foster child in their home.

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.

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