City of Hanford workers approve new contract

City of Hanford members voted Monday on a new two-year contract that includes two raises.

The agreement provides for a 9 percent raise, but workers would also begin contributing towards their retirement costs. The result is a net 1 percent raise. Another 1 percent raise will come next July.

The contract also doubles standby pay to $2.80 an hour, sets a new work schedule for some departments, and introduces three days of bereavement leave. It adds language to the sick leave policy allowing workers to take leave for their unmarried partners. And it puts disciplinary language in the contract, where it can’t just be changed.

Earlier this year, City of Hanford workers made the choice to stick with SEIU Local 521. This contract shows why.

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