The following letter was written and submitted to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors by the President of the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Association regarding supervisor salary adjustments.
I am writing this letter to address what I perceive as a misrepresentation about local labor unions regarding the proposed salary adjustment for the Board of Supervisors. The article in the Contra Costa Times and several quotes from local labor leaders left the impression that “all” labor unions in Contra Costa County are opposed to a salary increase for the Board of Supervisors and that is not accurate. The Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Association understands the need for, and the rationale behind; the salary adjustment for the Board of Supervisors.
We recognize the necessity of competitive pay for all county employees, including the Board of Supervisors because we know Contra Costa County must remain competitive with other Bay Area Counties in order to retain qualified professional employees. This is not only an issue of fairness in compensation, but a step that needs to be taken to ensure that our County attracts the best and the brightest public servants year in and year out. As such, we support the alignment of the Board of Supervisors salaries with other similarly situation processionals in the Bay Area.
Paul J. Graves
Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Association
In a unanimous decision Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors took the first step to repeal an ordinance that would have granted them a salary adjustment.
In November, supervisors voted 4 to 1 to adjust their own annual pay to be more commensurate with other Bay Area counties, from $97,000 to $129,000 per year—future pay raises would be tied to state employee salaries.
The Board of Supervisors agreed to moving forward with a repeal after nearly 40,000 signatures were collected as part of a petition drive and had it gone to the voters, would have cost the County $2.5 million.
The Board of Supervisors will come back next week and finalize the repeal while also hear alternatives regarding a future raise.
This letter by the District Attorney Association is in response to both the Contra Costa Times and Public Employees Union, Local 1 claiming the support is unanimous against a pay raise.