§ A8.405

SALARIES OF UNIFORMED FORCES IN THE POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS

a.

Not later than the first day of August of each year, the civil service commission shall survey and certify to the Board of Supervisors rates of compensation paid police officers or patrol officers employed in the respective police departments in all cities of 350,000 population or over in the State of California, based upon the latest federal decennial census. For the purpose of the civil service commission’s survey and certification the rates contained in said certification shall be the average of the maximum rates paid to each police officer or patrol officer classification performing the same or essentially the same duties as police officers or patrol officers in the City and County of San Francisco.

Thereupon the Board of Supervisors shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, by ordinance, to fix rates of compensation for the members of the police department whose annual compensations are set forth in Section 3.531 of this Charter and said rates shall be in lieu of said annual compensations and shall be effective from the first day of July of the current fiscal year.

The rates of compensation, fixed in said ordinance,

1.

for the fourth year of service and thereafter for police officers, police patrol drivers and women protective officers the compensation shall be fixed at a rate which is the average maximum wage paid to police officer or patrol officer classifications in regular service in the cities included in the certified report of the civil service commission. “Average wage” as used in this paragraph shall mean the sum of the maximum averages certified by the civil service commission divided by the number of police officer classifications in cities in said certification;

2.

for the first, second and third year of service for police officers, police patrol drivers and women protective officers shall be established in accordance with the general percentage differential between seniority steps found in the salary ranges included in the cities certified by the civil service commission for the same class;

3.

for said members of the police department other than police officers, police patrol drivers and women protective officers shall include the same percent of adjustment as that established by said ordinance for police officers in the fourth year of service; and

4.

shall be set at the dollar amount nearest the fractional amount which may result from percentage adjustment specified in this section, half dollars being taken to the next higher dollar amount.

The rates of compensation set forth in the budget estimates, the budget and the annual salary ordinance shall be those fixed by the Board of Supervisors as in this section provided and appropriations therefor shall be based thereon.

The expression “rates of compensation,” as used in this section in relation to said survey, is hereby declared to apply only to a basic amount of wages, with included range scales, and does not include such working benefits as might be set up by any other City by way of holidays, vacations, other permitted absences of any type whatsoever, overtime, night or split shift, or pay for specialized services within a classification or rank, or other premium pay differentials of any type whatsoever. The foregoing enumeration is not exclusive, but it is the intent of this section that nothing other than a basic amount of wages, with included range scales, is to be included within the meaning of “rates of compensation.”

Working benefits and premium pay differential of any type shall be allowed or paid to members of the police department referred to herein only as is otherwise provided in this Charter.

For all purposes of the Retirement System, the expression “rates of compensation” as used in this section, shall mean “salary attached to the rank” as used in Section 166 of the Charter of 1932, as amended, and with the addition of fifteen dollars ($15) per month now provided in Subsection (b) with respect to members assigned to two-wheel motorcycle duty, shall also mean “compensation earnable” as used in Section 8.549.

The term “police officers or patrol officers” as used in this section shall mean the persons employed in the police departments of said cities of 350,000 population or over or of the City and County of San Francisco, to perform substantially the duties being performed on the effective date of this section by police officers, police patrol drivers and women protective officers in the San Francisco Police Department.

In determining years of service necessary for a police officer, woman protective officer and police patrol driver to receive the annual compensation as provided for herein, service rendered prior to the effective date of this amendment shall be given full credit and allowed.

The absence of any police officer, woman protective officer or police patrol driver on military leave, as defined by Section 8.361 of this Charter, shall be reckoned a part of his service under the City and County, for the purpose of computing years of service in gaining added compensation as provided for herein.

On the recommendation of the chief of police, the commission may reward any member of the department for heroic or meritorious conduct. The form or amount of said reward to be discretionary with the commission, but not to exceed one month’s salary in any one instance.

If any member of the department appointed as an assistant inspector is a sergeant at the time of the appointment or is appointed a sergeant thereafter, such member shall receive the rate of compensation attached to the rank of sergeant.

b.

Not later than first day of August of each year the civil service commission shall survey, and certify to the Board of Supervisors, additional rates of pay paid to members assigned to all two-wheel motorcycle duty in the respective police departments of all cities of 350,000 population or over in the State of California, based upon the latest decennial census. For the purpose of the civil service commission’s survey and certification the additional rates for two-wheel motorcycle duty shall include the average additional amount paid to members assigned to two-wheel motorcycle duty in the cities surveyed.

Thereupon the Board of Supervisors shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, by ordinance, to fix the additional rate of pay for the members of the police department who are assigned two-wheel motorcycle duty. The additional rate of pay will be determined by the average additional wage paid to members in regular service in the cities included in the certified report of the civil service commission who are assigned to two-wheel motorcycle duty. “Average wage” as used in this paragraph shall mean the sum of the additional rates of pay certified by the civil service commission divided by the number of cities in said certification. Said additional rates shall be in lieu of said annual compensations and shall be effective from the first day of July of the current fiscal year.

Said rate of pay shall be in addition to the rate of compensation provided for in Subsection (a).

In no event shall the additional rate so fixed be less than fifteen dollars ($15) per month.

c.

Not later than the first day of August of each year, the civil service commission shall survey and certify to the Board of Supervisors rates of compensation paid firefighters employed in the respective fire departments of all cities of 350,000 population or over in the State of California, based upon the latest federal decennial census. For the purpose of the civil service commission’s survey and certification the rates contained in said certification shall be the average of the maximum rates paid to each firefighter classification performing the same or essentially the same duties as firefighters in the City and County of San Francisco.

Thereupon, the Board of Supervisors shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, by ordinance, to fix rates of compensation for the members of the fire department whose annual compensations are set forth or otherwise provided in Section 3.542 of this Charter, and said rates shall be in lieu of said annual compensations and shall be effective from the first day of July of the current fiscal year.

The rates of compensation, fixed in said ordinance,

1.

for the fourth year of service and thereafter the rate of compensation shall be fixed at a rate which is the average of the maximum compensation paid firefighter classifications in regular service in the cities included in the certified report of the civil service commission. “Average wage” as used in this paragraph shall mean the sum of the maximum averages certified by the civil service commission divided by the number of firefighter classifications in cities in said certification;

2.

for the first, second and third year of service for firefighters shall be established in accordance with the general percentage differential between seniority steps found in the salary ranges included in the cities certified by the civil service commission for the same class;

3.

for said members of the fire department other than firefighters shall include the same percent of adjustment as that established by said ordinance for firefighters in the fourth year of service; and

4.

shall be set at the dollar amount nearest the fractional amount which may result from percentage adjustment specified in this section, half dollars being taken to the next higher dollar amount.

The expression “rates of compensation” as used in this section, in relation to said survey, is hereby declared to apply only to a basic amount of wages, with included range scales, and does not include such working benefits as might be set up by any other City by way of holidays, vacations, other permitted absences for any type whatsoever, overtime, night or split shift, or pay for specialized services within a classification or rank, or other premium pay differentials of any type whatsoever. The foregoing enumeration is not exclusive, but it is the intent of this section that nothing other than a basic amount of wages, with included range scales, is to be included within the meaning of “rates of compensation.”

Working benefits and premium pay differentials of any type shall be allowed or paid to members of the fire department referred to herein only as is otherwise provided in this Charter.

For all purposes of the Retirement System, the expression “rates of compensation,” as used in Subsections (c) and (d) of this section shall mean “salary attached to the rank” as used in Section 169 of the Charter of 1932, as amended and “compensation earnable” as used in Section 8.549.

The term “firefighters” as used in this section shall mean the persons employed, in the fire departments of said cities of 350,000 population or over or of the City and County of San Francisco, to perform substantially the duties being performed on the effective date of this section by drivers, stokers, tillermen, truckmen, or hosemen, in the San Francisco Fire Department.

The expression “members of the fire department” does not include members of the fire commission.

The absence of any officer or member of the fire department on military leave of absence, as defined by Section 8.361 of this Charter shall be reckoned a part of such member’s service under the City and County, for the purpose of computing years of service in gaining added compensation as provided in this Charter.

On the recommendation of the chief of department, the commission may reward any officer or member of the department for heroic or meritorious conduct, the form or amount of said award to be discretionary with the fire commission, but not to exceed one month’s salary in any one instance.

The rates of compensation for the ranks of captain, bureau of fire prevention and public safety, and lieutenant, bureau of fire investigation, shall be thirteen percent (13%) above the compensation established for the ranks of captain and lieutenant as provided for in this section. The rates of compensation for the ranks of inspector, bureau of fire prevention and public safety, and investigator, bureau of fire investigation, shall be ten percent (10%) above the compensation established for the rank of chief’s operator as provided for in this section. The rate of compensation shall be set at the dollar amount nearest the fractional amount which may result from percentage adjustment specified in this subsection, half dollars being taken to the next higher dollar amount.

d.

The rates of compensation fixed pursuant to the provisions of Subsection (a)(1), (2) and (3) and the rates of compensation fixed pursuant to the provisions of Subsection (c)(1), (2) and (3) shall be the same. Such rates shall not exceed the highest average rate of compensation fixed pursuant to Subsections (a)(1), (2) and (3) and (c)(1), (2) and (3) above, whether it be paid to police officers, patrol officers or firefighters; provided, further, that the minimum rate of compensation attached to the rank of sergeant in the police department shall be equal to the rate of compensation attached to the rank of lieutenant in the fire department.

e.

Not later than the 25th day of August the Board of Supervisors shall have the power and it shall be its duty, subject to the fiscal provisions of the Charter but without reference or amendment to the annual budget, to amend the annual appropriation ordinance and the annual salary ordinance as necessary to include the provisions of paying the rates of compensation fixed by the Board of Supervisors as in this section provided for uniformed members of the police and fire departments for the then current fiscal year.

Notwithstanding any other Charter provision, the rates of compensation for police officers and firefighters shall be annually further increased as follows:

1.

In the event that any City of 350,000 population or over in the State of California as defined in subsections (a) and (c) of this section has not finalized, fixed, or reached agreement as to the rates of compensation prior to the 25th day of August, the date for further and additional fixing of the rates of compensation and for further and additional amending of the annual appropriation ordinance and annual salary ordinance to provide for the paying of additional rates of compensation to police officers and firefighters shall extend to the 30th day of June of the following year.

2.

Should any City as defined in subsections (a) and (c) of this section finalize, fix or reach agreement as to the rates of compensation after the 25th day of August but prior to the 30th day of June of the following year, the Board of Supervisors shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, subject to the fiscal provisions of the Charter, by ordinance, within 30 calendar days of said finalizing, fixing, or reaching agreement, further to fix the rates of compensation for the uniformed members of the police and fire departments and to further amend the annual appropriation ordinance and the annual salary ordinance to include provisions for paying the rates of compensation as so further fixed pursuant to subsections (a), (b) and (c) of this section, and said rate of compensation shall be effective retroactive to the effective date of the agreement or legislation designated in subsections (a) and (c), but in no event prior to July 1 of the current fiscal year.

f.

Not later than the first day of August of each year, the civil service commission shall determine and certify to the Board of Supervisors the percentage of increase or decrease in the cost of living during the 12-month period ending March 31st of that same year as shown by the Consumer Price Index, All Items San Francisco, and the percentage of increase or decrease in the cost of living during the same period as shown by the Consumer Price Index, All Items, in the cities included in the certified report of said commission. The Consumer Price Index referred to herein is defined as that certain index issued by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and published in the Monthly Labor Review or a successor publication. In the event the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics discontinues the compilation and publication of said indexes, the Board of Supervisors shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, to appoint a statistical fact finding committee to determine the same data pursuant to the methods theretofore used by the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The cost of living adjustments as hereinafter provided shall be based upon the percentage of such increases or decreases. The Board of Supervisors may, in addition to the rates of compensation as established herein, and at the same time said rates of compensation are established, increase said rates of compensation by an amount equal to the difference between the average cost of living increase of the cities included in the certified report of the civil service commission and the actual cost of living increase for San Francisco. In the event the Board of Supervisors elects not to grant such cost of living increase in any year in which any such increase might be granted, the Board of Supervisors shall, upon a written request filed with the clerk of the Board of Supervisors not later than the 10th day of September of said year by representatives of the uniformed members of the police and fire departments, as designated by the police and fire commissions, respectively, submit the question of said cost of living increase to the qualified electors of the City and County at the next succeeding Citywide election. In the event said cost of living increase is approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon, said cost of living increase shall be effective as of the first day of the then current fiscal year.

g.

Notwithstanding any of the provisions contained in this section, no uniformed member of the police or fire department employed before July 1, 1976, whose compensation is fixed pursuant to the formula contained herein, shall suffer a salary reduction by the application of any new compensation schedules, and the rates for fiscal year 1975-76 shall continue until such time as the new schedules equal or exceed the current salary increment schedules, provided, however, that such time shall not be extended beyond June 30, 1982, and provided further that this prohibition against reduction of compensation for the designated employees shall not be deemed to supersede the provisions of Section 8.406 of this Charter.

h.

Notwithstanding any of the provisions contained in this section, no uniformed member of the police or fire department, whose compensation is fixed pursuant to the formula contained herein, shall suffer a salary reduction by the application of the compensation schedules provided for herein. Provided, however, that this prohibition against reduction of compensation for the designated employees shall not be deemed to supersede the provisions of Section 8.406 of this Charter.

i.

This amendment shall become effective immediately upon certification of election results and its provisions shall pertain to fixing rates of pay for police officers and firefighters during fiscal year 1986-87.

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