The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today approved contracts with city unions including those representing police and firefighters. (Examiner file photo)

S.F. supervisors approve labor contracts for police and firefighters

The Board of Supervisors approved 11 labor contracts Tuesday, covering more than 4,700 employees who account for $780 million in salaries and benefits.

In the upcoming fiscal year, that begins July 1, the labor contracts will increase city costs by 4 percent, or $31 million, according to analysis from City Controller Ben Rosenfield. The costs are mostly for the new contracts with police and fire employees. Other labor contracts were amendments to existing ones.

The contract with the Police Officers Association, covering 2,584 positions, will increase city costs by $17.6 million next fiscal year, including $10.2 million in wage hikes. That increases to $32.4 million in the subsequent fiscal year, followed by an increase of $49.2 million, which includes $29.9 million in wage hikes and a $5.9 million in “Longevity (Retention) Premium” pay.

The labor contract with San Francisco Fire Fighters Union Local 798, which covers 1,886 positions, will increase city costs next fiscal year by $10.7 million, followed by $22.1 million and $33.5 million.

Both police and fire received 3 percent wage hikes in each of the three years of the contract.

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