Hollister City Council members Monday unanimously approved raises for employees over the next three years.
The three year memorandum of understanding calls for raises of 4 percent this fiscal year, 5 percent in 2019-20 and 6 percent in 2020-21.
The raise for 2018-19 is retroactive to July 1 of this year. The item passed Monday with little fanfare.
The city’s general fund, more than 60 percent of which goes toward employee pay, was budgeted at $21.4 million in 2017-18 with a reserve of about $5 million when approved last year.
The employee contracts are with the general Service Employees International Union unit, confidential staff, mid-management staff, and the firefighters union.
While pay will increase across the board, the employees will pay a certain percentage of their pay toward retirement packages. Those retirement packages largely depend on when employees started working for the city. Employees under the miscellaneous 2.5 percent at 55 classification will pay 8 percent of their compensation as part of the employees’ contribution toward retirement. Employees in the 2 percent at 60 range will pay 7 percent. Those percentages are the same as they were in the contract that expired July 1.
Aside from salary adjustments, the contracts cover a wide range of workplace environment protocol as well.
For details on the employee contracts, go here.