(KRON) — San Jose city workers have won an agreement with the city and averted a potential strike that was supposed to start today, according to a union official. The unions have reached tentative agreements with the City of San Jose that will last until June 30, 2025, officials said.
The tentative agreements include “historic investments in recruiting and retaining staff to make our public services stronger,” the unions said in a statement.
The two unions involved in the negotiations are IFPTE Local 21 and MEF-AFSCME Local 10.
“The bargaining teams of both unions endorsed the three-year tentative agreement and have called off the scheduled August 15-17 strike,” the statement also said.
Highlights of the tentative agreement, according to the unions, include:
- Historic wage increases
- An increase from one to eight weeks of paid family leave
- More competitive bilingual pay to better serve diverse residents
- Retention and recruitment improvements for critically understaffed public safety
Last week, 99 percent of the city’s 4,500 workers voted to authorize the strike. Workers hope to receive better pay because they say they are doing more work. The City of San Jose has yet to announce anything related to the agreement.