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July 1, 2010, letter from Mayor Richard J. Berry to City of Albuquerque employees about fiscal 2011 salary adjustment.

Interoffice Memorandum

July 1, 2010

To: City of Albuquerque Employees
From: Richard J. Berry, Mayor
Subject: Payroll and Benefits Information

As you know, the City Council adopted, and I approved, a city budget for FY2011 which mandated wage and benefit adjustments for city employees. This was required due to the economic conditions in our community, difficult conditions that we share with many cities around the nation. As I have said in the past, we want to do all we can to keep as many people employed in this tough economy as possible. We also want to keep services intact for the citizens of Albuquerque.

As a result, we need to make the difficult decision to reduce labor and benefit costs within City government and we need to do it as soon as possible now that the new fiscal year has begun. After many meetings, discussions and consultation with our fiscal and human resources staff we have formulated an equitable plan for the I, E and U series (non-bargaining unit) employees.

For city employees represented by collective bargaining unions, wage and benefit adjustments, if any, are subject to the collective bargaining process which is currently on-going. You will be informed at the appropriate time of such adjustments. I wanted you to get this information directly from me rather than having you hear about it first through the newspaper or seeing it on the news.

This memorandum is written to clarify the situation with respect to your payroll and benefits as we move into the new fiscal year.

All Employees

For all city employees, the paycheck you receive on Friday, July 9, 2010 will reflect your current hourly wage and insurance benefits from the 2010 fiscal year. Because city wages are paid in arrears, the July 9 paycheck compensates you for work performed from June 19 through July 2. During that period, the City continued to pay 83 percent of your insurance premium, and you pay 17 percent. This paycheck will also include premium increases for insurance.

Non-Union Employees

For city employees who are in the E-Series, I-Series, and unclassified series (non union employees), the following wage adjustments are to be implemented starting with the pay period which begins July 3, 2010 and will be reflected on your July 16, 2010 check:

Annual Salary Reduction
$0 to $ 30,000 0.5 percent
$30,001 to $60,000 2.45 percent
$60,001 to $90,000 3.0 percent
$90,001 and above 3.5 percent
Mayor & City Councilors 5.0 percent

For these employees (E, I and U series), insurance premiums will be adjusted to require the City to pay 80 percent of your insurance premium.

I take no pleasure in implementing these wage and benefit adjustments. We have done everything possible to keep these changes modest, in line with the approved budget and economic realities. We have also attempted to implement these adjustments fairly throughout city services.

These are difficult times, and I appreciate the sacrifice that City employees and their families are required to make. We look forward to better times ahead.

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