JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The City of Jacksonville has reached a deal with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union that should save taxpayers four million dollars.
Approximately 2,000 city employees are AFSCME members who serve in clerical, technical, and administrative positions citywide.
The new deal will allow those union employees to stay at their current pay. The union agreed to a two percent reduction which would have been restored when the current contract ended on September 30.
"This is another good example of the progress that is possible when we work together," said Mayor Alvin Brown, "I appreciate the constructive approach that local AFSCME leaders took to the negotiations and truly believe that this tentative agreement is in the best interests of both taxpayers and employees."
Once ratified, the deal will go into effect October 1, 2012 and run through September 30, 2015. According to the Mayor's Office, taxpayers will save $1.3 million each year over the life of this contract.