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Encinitas reaches tentative labor agreement with employee groups

ENCINITAS — The city of Encinitas has come to terms on labor agreements with its largest employee group, the City Council announced last week.

The council voted unanimously in closed session to authorize the pair of labor contracts with the Service Employees International Union Local 221, which represents most of the city’s rank-and-file employees.

Terms of the labor pact were not made available at the June 10 city council meeting.

The city last updated its contract with SEIU in 2012, when it imposed terms on the labor group after yearlong negotiation ended in an impasse in May. As part of the imposed terms, the city eliminated the Employer Paid Member Contribution as special compensation from the benefits package of the employees.

The council returned to the bargaining table with labor negotiators earlier this year. The council is also negotiating an agreement with the city’s employees that are not represented by a labor union.