Under a tentative agreement with Seattle officials, 4,657 city employees from 20 different unions will be getting wage increases of 2 percent or more each of the next three years.
Seattle officials and a coalition of unions representing many city employees — though not police officers and firefighters — have reached a tentative agreement on new contract terms with raises of 2 percent or more for each of the next three years.
The city’s agreement with the Coalition of City Unions calls for wage increases of 2 percent for 2016, 2.5 percent for 2017 and 2.75 percent for 2018, according to a news release from Mayor Ed Murray’s office. It also includes retroactive raises of 2 percent for 2015.
The agreement covers 4,657 employees from 20 unions. Employees in high demand, such as engineers, accountants and planners, will receive larger raises, due to recruitment and retention issues, the news release said.
Wage increases for Seattle city employees
2010 — 2 percent
2011 — 0.6 percent
2012 — 1.8 percent
2013 — 3.3 percent
2014 — 1.8 percent
2015 — 2 percent
2016 — 2 percent
2017 — 2.5 percent
2018 — 2.75 percent
Office of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray
Individual bargaining units are finalizing their contracts for ratification by their members. Professional and Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17, Seattle’s largest union of nonuniformed employees, has already ratified its contract.
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Murray will propose legislation to the City Council next month to implement the contracts ratified by the various bargaining units, according to the news release.
Under a three-year deal reached in 2010, general city employees received wage increases of 0.6 percent in 2011, 1.8 percent in 2012 and 3.3 percent in 2013.
They received raises of 1.8 percent under a one-year deal in 2014. The new accord includes retroactive wage increases for 2015 because the employees have been working this year without a deal, according to Murray’s office.
The city’s historical practice is to give most nonunion employees the same raises as those union employees get. That means raises for an additional 3,259 employees.
Wage increases for police officers, firefighters and some other employee groups are being negotiated separately.
In a statement, Murray said, “This tentative agreement will provide certainty as we budget into the future and will help us continue to attract and retain quality workers.”
Guadelupe Perez, a lead negotiator for the coalition of unions and PTE Local 17, said, “We are pleased that city employees will continue to receive a livable wage.”