San Bernardino Seal

By Ryan Hagen, The Sun
Posted: 09/10/15 – 10:32 PM PDT |

SAN BERNARDINO >> Members of the city’s largest employee union were briefly confused and frustrated when a tentative contract agreement reported to bankruptcy court was pulled off the City Council agenda, but he approval process is now back on track, according to a union leader.

The contract with the city’s general unit — representing 357 employees who aren’t in another union such as police or management — is now set for the council to review in closed session at the Sept. 21 City Council meeting, said Paul Flores, the business representative and chief negotiator for this contract.

Flores said he will then recommend the members he represents vote for the contract several days later, preparing the way for the City Council to approve the contract in public Oct. 5.

That’s one meeting — and so two weeks — after it would have gone into effect in the original plan, which Flores said mostly means employees will lack clarity about their leave policy for longer than expected.

Employees have been working under a contract that expired June 30 as they negotiated with the city for a new contract.

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