San Diego police officers will be voting Friday to ratify a contract agreement between the city and their union, the San Diego Police Officers Association.
Mayoral spokeswoman Rachel Laing confirmed that a tentative agreement was reached Tuesday night, but declined to discuss its details. Union officials also confirmed an agreement, but declined to comment on its specifics until seeing the membership vote.
In newsletters, the union has said the new contract would not affect pay raises or pay cuts for officers. The main focus of discussions in previous months has been officers’ health care plans, retiree healthcare and other programs like a deferred retirement plan called DROP.
Two sources familiar with the contract said it would allow union members to leave the city’s health care plan for one administered by the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs. The union argues that the plan would offer better coverage for less money, in part, because it’s a larger risk pool, the sources said.