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  • Fontana (CA) PD Reaches Labor Accord.

    Fontana, police supervisors reach labor accord

    10:00 PM PDT on Friday, August 1, 2008

    The Press-Enterprise

    Negotiators for the city and the union that represents some Fontana Police Department supervisors reached an agreement this week on a new contract with annual pay raises.

    The department's 38 sergeants, lieutenants and captains are covered by the contract between the city and the Fontana Police Management Association.

    The union's previous contract expired June 30.

    The new three-year deal is retroactive to July 1.

    "The city has approved it. The council signed off on it, and our membership approved it," said Sgt. Doug Wagner, president of the Fontana Police Management Association.

    "We're already getting our first pay raise," Wagner said of the 4 percent increase.

    The department has 194 total members of various ranks.

    The Fontana Police Officers Association represents all officers and corporals, but it was not clear Friday whether the city and that union had also reached a contract accord.

    Detective Curtis Schlotterbeck, president of the Police Officers Association, could not be reached Friday for comment nor could the union's negotiator, attorney Dieter Dammeier.

    Attorney Irma Rodriguez Moisa, who represented the city in the negotiations, also could not be reached Friday.

    Under the contract that expired June 30, annual compensation for Fontana police officers ranged from $54,246 to $79,299, depending on experience levels and professional certifications, according to city salary tables.

    Yearly pay for police corporals ranged from $68,576 to $87,181.

    As for the 38 supervisors, they voted June 26 to accept the city's contract offer and the terms were finalized in a July 24 vote by union leadership, Wagner said.

    In January 2009, the city will conduct a salary survey of seven nearby law enforcement agencies: the Rialto, Riverside, San Bernardino, Upland, Chino and Corona police departments and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Wagner said.

    The base salaries of those departments' highest-paid sergeants, lieutenants and captains will be averaged, and Fontana personnel of each rank would receive 2 percent more than that average, Wagner said.

    The same process will be repeated in January 2010 and January 2011. But depending on the how Fontana's pay compares with those other police agencies, the survey might not result in a raise, he said.

    The supervisors are scheduled to receive 3 percent pay increases in July 2009, July 2010 and July 2011, Wagner said.

    "We didn't really get anything great, but in these economic times, we did really well," Wagner said.

    Under the old contract, Fontana police sergeants earned between $81,655 and $103,809 per year; lieutenants were paid between $99,188 and $126,730 annually, and captains were paid between $119,887 and $145,723.

    Reach Mary Bender at 909-806-3056 or [email protected]

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