On August 30, the voters of Jacksonville empowered us to solve one of the biggest issues in Jacksonville’s history. An overwhelming majority voted yes on County Referendum #1, affording us the opportunity to solve our $2.7 billion pension crisis. The voters recognized that annual pension costs, approaching $300 million a year, are unsustainable.
It is now up to us to see this through and solve this problem once and for all. Collective bargaining is the final step, pending Jacksonville City Council approval. I have empowered my team of negotiators to propose a solution that will put this issue behind us. When my proposal is presented, you will find that it is consistent with the principles that I believe and that I have emphasized over the last year. These principles include:
A recognition that employees haven’t been fairly compensated, taken pay cuts and haven’t had raises. My offer will reflect my commitment to City employees and the value of their contributions.
My offer will include new plans for new employees that solve this problem once and for all. These plans are sustainable, market-driven, value new employees, attract and retain new employees and are consistent with what hard working citizens would expect.
New plans must put our financial future in our hands, under our control.
I look forward to solving this problem with you and making sure Jacksonville has a bright and prosperous future. Please know I am absolutely committed to a solution that ensures this does not happen again.
Mayor Lenny Curry
Collective Bargaining Updates
Jacksonville Supervisors Association (JSA)
Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA)
Communications Workers of America (CWA)
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) - JSO Officers
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) - Corrections Officers