City Council Unanimously Approves Labor Agreements With Police Officers, Firefighters

PASADENA, Calif.—Pasadena City Council unanimously approved multi-year labor agreements with its frontline public safety personnel. The agreements with the Pasadena Firefighters Association (PFFA) and the Pasadena Police Officers Association (PPOA) will provide the City’s police officers and firefighters base pay increases of 4.5% each year in the first two years of the contracts, followed by a 4% increase in the third year and a 2% increase in the fourth and final year.

“I am delighted the City successfully negotiated labor agreements with our public safety personnel who work so hard for the community and sacrifice so much to keep us safe,” says Mayor Victor M. Gordo. “These long-term contracts reflect the City’s commitment to maintaining best-in-class police and fire departments that are able to recruit and retain high-quality police officers and firefighters now and into the future.”

City Manager Miguel Márquez adds, “I am very pleased with the stability these four-year contracts provide to the City, to our public safety officers, and especially to the community we serve. World-class events like the Rose Parade and events at Rose Bowl Stadium and the Convention Center attract tens of thousands of patrons throughout the year. I am grateful for the expertise and professionalism that our firefighters and peace officers display every day in the work they do for our community and for the thousands upon thousands of people who visit us every year.”

“The Pasadena Police Officers Association is pleased that the City of Pasadena recognizes the importance of remaining competitive in the labor market. This wage increase will place Pasadena Police Department in a better position to attract and retain its valued employees,” says PPOA board member Cpl. Irvin Myles.

Garrett Madrigal, PFFA president, adds, “The Pasadena Firefighters Association is honored to sign this contract with the City, and we appreciate the value the City has placed upon public safety. PFFA also feels that this contract recognizes the dedication our members have shown every day to the citizens of our community, especially during this pandemic.  We look forward to continuing our partnership with the City to provide the highest level of service to our citizens and our members.”

Pursuant to state law, the City of Pasadena engages in labor negotiations—also known as collective bargaining—with its employee associations in order to establish the terms, wages and working conditions of employment. The results of these negotiations are written agreements, otherwise referred to as memorandums of understanding (MOUs), reached between the City and its employee associations. Most recently, police officers received a salary increase of 0.5% in July 2021 as part of an MOU that expired on March 30, 2022. Firefighters received a 2.25% increase in November 2021 as part of an MOU that will expire on Dec. 31, 2022.

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