A group of public services workers gathered outside of City Hall during the Sept. 21 Coronado City Council meeting in protest of the city’s lack of cost of living increase to public services wages.
In a written statement, the group said, “Every year we usually get a 2% to 3% cost of living increase to keep up with inflation. Well, this year inflation is around 5% and the city has decided to not give cost of living increases to Public Services, Fire, or PD (Police Department). That is like taking a 5% pay cut. ...We feel like we are being forgotten and abandoned and we wanted to speak up about it. We love Coronado and have had a great relationship for many decades until this year. We hope the city listens to us and we can mend this relationship quickly.”
Signs the group held during their protest included cost of living increase percentages for the year across other San Diego cities and the essential work they’ve provided, including throughout the pandemic. A representative gave a brief statement during the council meeting in regards to the latest bargaining proposal with hope for good faith bargaining from the city to come to an agreement.