From City News Service of Southern California:
SAN DIEGO — The Board of Supervisors Tuesday tentatively approved an ordinance that would mean better salaries for 20 types of positions within county government.
If supervisors formally approve the ordinance on Oct. 15 on second reading, the county will spend $2 million on pay adjustments affecting positions such as department clerks, food service workers, psychiatric nurses and helicopter mechanics.
People sitting in the gallery, including members of the Service Employees International Union, applauded after the compensation review measure passed 4-0 on first reading.
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said the county needs to perform a system- wide equity study.
“We want to make sure we get and keep the best folks,” he added.
David Garcias, SEIU Local 221 president, said the board’s decision was long overdue, but a full classification study is needed for all workers.
Garcias added that pay increases help with recruitment, retention and employee morale.
“We acknowledge this is a step forward, but other positions are being left behind again,” he said. “This is not fair to our employees and it’s not fair to taxpayers.”