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News: PACCD and the PCC Police Officers Association Reach Tentative Agreement, Campus Police Officers Ratify Unanimously

The Pasadena Area Community College District and the Pasadena City College Police Officers Association (POA) have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement that features a salary increase totaling 4.79% over two years. 

The tentative agreement, recommended by Officer Michael De Spain, police union president, completed negotiations between the District and the POA. The POA includes all of the sworn police officers of the PCC Police and Safety Services area.

The tentative agreement includes includes pay increases of 2% retroactive for 2012-2013 and 2% for 2013-2014, plus 0.79% or half of the COLA that is included in this fiscal year’s State budget.

Following the meeting, De Spain and PCC Superintendent-President Dr. Mark Rocha made the following joint statement: “The POA and the District have concluded constructive negotiations that have led to this agreement that is good for the officers and good for PCC. This was reflected in the unanimous approval of the POA membership. We look forward to continuing our positive, collaborative partnership for the good of the college.”

Dr. Rocha will bring the tentative agreement to the PACCD Board of Trustees at its next business meeting of July 17 for the Board’s formal and final approval.

“I will bring this to the Board with my strongest recommendation for approval, Dr. Rocha said. “The officers of our campus police department put themselves at risk every day for our safety and security. This agreement recognizes the essential contribution of our police to PCC. I also want to thank president Officer De Spain personally. I applaud Officer De Spain for meeting with his entire membership, explaining the deal and putting it up for a vote.”

The negotiation team for POA included PCC transportation coordinator Peter Benson and attorney Michael McGill. The District’s negotiating team was led by PCC General Counsel Gail Cooper and PCC Chief of Police Donald Yoder.

The District is nearing similar agreements with the California State Employees Association (CSEA), which represents PCC’s facilities and custodial staff, as well as the Management Association.
 

Release Date: 07/05/2013

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