AFSCME Local 3399 and the City of Takoma Park Reach Agreement on Compensation
AFSCME Local 3399 and the City of Takoma Park reached an agreement regarding a wage adjustment and other compensation for fiscal year 2022. The agreement includes a 3% wage adjustment retroactive to July 1, 2021, a $2,500 end of year bonus to employees, and, in recognition of the contribution of frontline workers who continued to work on-site during the pandemic, a $3,400 bonus payment to frontline workers using American Rescue Plan Act funds.
AFSCME members ratified the memorandum of agreement (MOA) on December 14, 2021. City Council will meet to appropriate the funds agreed to as part of the MOA in January 2022, however, some of the funds have already been approved. As part of the ARPA Interim Final Rule, premium pay may be provided for employees who physically came to work and were relied upon to maintain the continuity of operations.
Statement from City Manager Jamal Fox
“Both sides worked diligently to find common ground and reach meaningful compromises. We absolutely value our City employees and the critical services they provide to residents of Takoma Park. This agreement recognizes that while also honoring the responsibility we have to ensure City programs are administered efficiently and effectively. I am incredibly proud of the work of our team’s efforts and thank AFSCME’s team for their partnership. The agreement for compensation in fiscal year 2022 is unlike any in the City’s history and recognizes the contribution of all City employees. These were challenging negotiations, but the agreement demonstrates the success that can be achieved when we work together. The City looks forward to building upon that success.”