City approves employee raises through collective bargaining agreement
LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The City of Las Cruces approved a new collective bargaining agreement Monday with city employees and police officers that gives them a pay increase.
The approval of the agreement affects about 570 employees that includes police officers with increase of 1.5 percent and a fixed amount of $270.
"We don't want to have lower wages that are not competitive because then we lose the quality of employees we want to have," said City Manager Robert Garza.
Garza said the new CBA also better outlines other provisions such as shifts and leave.
But the pay increases won't necessarily reflect on employee's paychecks after they now contribute more to their pensions.
"Our public employee retirement has increased costs to employees at 1.5 percent so this increase is really paying for that," Garza said.
The changes go into effect the day after the agreements are approved so the following pay period is when city employees would see those changes.