Mayor Ed Lee strikes deal with San Francisco police, fire unions over givebacks 

The Mayor’s Office announced late Tuesday an agreement with the police and fire unions over wage givebacks Mayor Ed Lee had asked of them to help close San Francisco’s $306 million deficit. Both labor unions are entitled to wage hikes next fiscal year. Lee was so serious in his request he didn’t include funding in his budget proposal.

The agreement is expected to include a 3 percent raise on July 1, but in return the public safety employees would increase their pension contributions by 3 percent. And then they would receive a 1 percent raise in the middle of the year.

The deal comes a week after Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White warned about possible station closures if there were not giveback agreements

“Police and fire are reaching into our pockets,” said Tom O’Connor, leader of the fire union. But O’Connor said they understand during these tough economic times “everyone needs to sacrifice.”

The agreements would need to be approved by the unions members.

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