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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 14:46

Turlock Police Union, City of Turlock Finalize Contract

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Turlock Police Union, City of Turlock Finalize Contract Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com
Negotiations took nearly eight months — spanning across two Turlock City Councils — but last week on March 31 both sides finally reached a deal on the contract between the Turlock Associated Police Officers (TAPO) and City of Turlock.

The two sides have long debated over pay for Turlock police officers, after TAPO took pay cuts several years ago. TAPO long cited that officers were underpaid and that was causing officers to leave for other agencies. The lack of competitive pay has also made it difficult for the City of Turlock to fill vacant position within the Turlock Police Department.

“This has been a six-year process and I’m proud that this City Hall is the one to restore those wages that our police officers selflessly gave up,” said Turlock Mayor Gary Soiseth.
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Last summer, TAPO were involved in contract negotiations with the City of Turlock, but ultimately rejected the City’s offer prior to the Oct. 14 Council meeting.

Negotiations continued until March 30, when TAPO approved the the City’s offer.

“The TAPO negotiations teams has worked diligently with the City Council to come up with a contract that we believe to be fair based upon the confines of the me too clauses the previous Council approved with other labor groups,” said TAPO President Sgt. Russell Holeman after the March 30 vote. “While the contract will still leave TAPO members below the median of comparable cities, this contract gets us somewhat closer to the median.
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“I would like to thank Mayor Soiseth and the rest of the Council for their willingness to hear us out concerning our total compensation and ways to close the gap without triggering the me too clauses that other labor groups received.”

At a special meeting, Turlock City Council unanimously approved the contact.

While the relationship between the City and TAPO has been rocky at times, this new contract may be a sign of a better relationship going forward.

"I think this process opened lines of communication between TAPO and the City,” said Soiseth. “I hope to continue that communication."
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Comments (5)

  1. Hypocrite Holeman

Let me get this straight. The "cops" did everything in their power to go around the existing "Me too" clauses, to get more money in their pocket. So did they "break" the law. Ironically, aren't the Turlock police officers supposed to follow the...

Let me get this straight. The "cops" did everything in their power to go around the existing "Me too" clauses, to get more money in their pocket. So did they "break" the law. Ironically, aren't the Turlock police officers supposed to follow the laws, making sure citizens do so as well. Holeman self-admits this, and appears to be proud of it. Congrats to the lawbreaker.

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Did anyone know the city council was going to vote on the police union contract? When was the agenda item posted? I don't think the Bee or Journal were alerted, which is really sad. "the Kid" Mayor campaigned on transparency and then pulls a...

Did anyone know the city council was going to vote on the police union contract? When was the agenda item posted? I don't think the Bee or Journal were alerted, which is really sad. "the Kid" Mayor campaigned on transparency and then pulls a stunt like this. What is Sosieth's definiton of transparency? I thought it took two weeks to put something on the city council agenda. At least that's what I was told when I called and asked.

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  1. Jeff MacDonald

O.K. Genius...please, in your infinite wisdom do tell us what law was broken. You spew comments making accusation yet you can not even quote what law was broken. Good for Holeman and the rest of TAPO for figuring out how to get around these me...

O.K. Genius...please, in your infinite wisdom do tell us what law was broken. You spew comments making accusation yet you can not even quote what law was broken. Good for Holeman and the rest of TAPO for figuring out how to get around these me too clauses. Maybe now the other groups will bargain for themselves instead of leeching off the backs of the work TAPO does (binding arbitration sound familiar?). As for the other genius on here, seeing as TCN posted an article about the contract prior to the council meeting taking place, obviously the agenda was posted. What do you care? You can't even put your name down and would rather hide behind anonymity of this website. As if you would have the balls to even speak up! Quit your whining Forrest, the elections over.

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  1. K.Briggs

Prior to the 2014-2015 contract negotiations will all labor groups, City Management advised "me too" clauses would not be a part of future labor contracts. However, during 2014-2015 the "me too" clause was inserted into labor group contracts...

Prior to the 2014-2015 contract negotiations will all labor groups, City Management advised "me too" clauses would not be a part of future labor contracts. However, during 2014-2015 the "me too" clause was inserted into labor group contracts becoming a wedge circumventing wage increases. T.A.P.O. members, which are currently 23% behind in compensation of comparable city's, realized their position to negotiate for fair compensation was hindered by the "me too" clause. T.A.P.O. Members discovered during labor contracts that City Managements position was "because of the me too clauses we can NOT give T.A.P.O. members a substantial raise since all labor groups will demand a raises as well". The "me too" clause is and continues to be an effective tool to justify lower wage compensation by City Management and a clause which weakens the confidence and enthusiasm of T.A.P.O. members. It's your city, you have a voice. If you're happy with the quality of life in Turlock and the increase in crime satistics within this city, then stand by and remain silent!

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  1. Guest

Way to go Gary! You closed a deal that Lazar couldn't do. Finally we have a mayor who can get some stuff done. Lets hope this will continue.

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