The current budget of the GJ 20 WPB`s police division, which amounts to $62,999,150, represents 32.4% of the total expenditures of the City`s General Fund. The current GJ 20 WPB firefighter budget of $43,673,341 represents 22.4% of the total city general fund expenditures. WEST PALM BEACH, FLA (September 4, 2020) – On Wednesday, September 2, 2020, after several good faith negotiations over a period of at least six months, the City of West Palm Beach announced that it was declaring a deadlock in such negotiations. The City was working to implement the collective succession agreements (CBA) when the current contracts expired on September 30, 2020. While many non-financial CONDITIONS of the CBAs have progressed, the city and the unions have not been able to agree on compensation beyond the 5% wage increases. Employees of the City of Boynton Beach are represented by the following collective agreements: the proposals also contained other issues that would have significant costs to the city. For example, the PBA proposed to provide officers with an additional certification allowance based on years of service at an estimated annual cost of approximately $894,000, and IAFF proposed to increase the percentages of current special incentives for firefighters, at a cost of approximately $686,000 per year. The city maintains close relations with the four unions, including the PBA and IAFF. Earlier this week, the city entered into preliminary agreements with both the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Professional Managers and Supervisors Association (PMSA) in contract negotiations. Three-year contracts are subject to ratification of union affiliation and are subject to review and approval by the municipal commission. The combined proposals of the PBA and IAFF are estimated at $6.3 million for the general fund`s balanced budget (which does not include increased commitments).
To meet union demands, the city would be forced to rebalance the budget through deep staff cuts and various services without public safety. In addition, the City could use unallocated limited funds and/or emergency reserves, which is not considered best financial practice and is not a financially viable way to finance current salary increases.