By Ashly McGlone

SAN RAMON -- Maintenance workers became the latest group of city employees this week to increase their pension contributions while regaining a merit pay system and lost furlough days.

The City Council finalized a deal Tuesday with the union representing 47 city maintenance workers that reinstated a merit pay system that was suspended three years ago, but on a smaller scale of 0 to 5 percent salary increases instead of 0 to 7 percent.

The 2013-14 agreement also restores a week of work days lost to furloughs two years ago and requires pension contributions from employees totaling 4 percent of their salary, 2 percent higher than years past.

City officials said the same deal was reached with all other city employee groups earlier this year, except for the police officers' association which is still in negotiations. A deal on their contract could be reached next month, according to the city manager.

Ashly McGlone covers San Ramon. Contact her at 510-293-2463. Follow her at Twitter.com/AshlyReports.



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