Representing 11,000 workers, HOPE includes employees in the city’s solid waste, public works, libraries and other departments. The contract, ratified Aug. 4, includes 3% raises each year over the next three years beginning in October 2021. It also boosts worker’s minimum wage from $13.00 per hour to $14.25.
“Our membership has been essential in keeping the community running, especially during the pandemic," HOPE President Roy Sanchez said when the deal was made. "Throughout the negotiation process, there have been some disagreements, but we are glad to say that the process does work."
Union leaders and the mayor announced they had reached an agreement in contract negotiations June 23, after which union members voted to approve it and City Council ratified it Aug. 4.
“I am grateful to HOPE leadership for being willing to sit down at the table and negotiate an increase that the city can afford, and benefits municipal employees and their families,” Turner said when the agreement was first announced.