The new contract that goes before the City Council on July 26 contains almost identical terms. It freezes pay for two years; reduces the work schedule 100 hours per year, equivalent to a 4.8 percent salary cut for patrol officers; removes automatic health benefit increases; cuts sick leave from 10 to eight hours a month; and eliminates a bonus for using less than three shifts of sick leave per year. The officers would also contribute 3 percent more toward the state pension fund, yielding approximately $148,500 in savings for Menlo Park.
Tuition, child care, and recreation reimbursement will be cut in half, from $1,000 per officer to $500, which the city estimates will save an additional $18,000.
See tinyurl.com/64conxk to review the proposed terms. As with newly hired sergeants, line officers hired after July 1 would have a "3 percent at 55" pension structure if the council approves the contract.