Hayward firefighters unions offer to postpone cost-of-living increase, city leadership follows suit

The belt-tightening at Hayward City Hall due to covid-19 is becoming more evident as the city faces a potential $17 million loss of revenues this year. In order to limit the toll on the city’s finances, Hayward firefighters unions are offering to forego an upcoming two percent cost-of-living increase scheduled for July 1.

Hayward beatThe offer and proposed memorandum of understanding before the Hayward City Council on Tuesday night between the firefighters’ union and city administration appears to follow good-faith discussion between the parties.

On the same council agenda is an offer from Hayward City Manager Kelly McAdoo and the city’s executive team to postpone their own two percent cost-of-living pay increases, or agree to a 80-hour furlough period in 2021.

Furthermore, the Hayward City Council has agreed to cut its salary by two percent, in addition, to slashing its budget for council travel and miscellaneous expenses by 50 percent.

The total savings to city’s general fund from the Hayward firefighters alone is an estimated $480,000 for the next fiscal year, according to a city staff report. The cuts agreed to by the city administration and city council adds $18,300 in savings to the general fund.

Under the proposed agreement, the International Association of Firefighters, (IAFF) Local 1909 and Hayward Fire Officers Association (HFOA) will defer the previously negotiated compensation to the end of the current contract on Dec. 31, 2023. A salary survey will be triggered during the fourth and fifth years of the contract to set the parameters of the future wage bump.

Two additional firefighters will be added to the department’s daily minimum staffing requirements, under the proposal.

Since the pandemic and local shelter in place began in mid-March, Hayward has continued to pay salaries and benefits to its full-time employees. However, layoffs to temporary staff have been previously issued.