City officials upped their salary offer for the 15 members of the city's professional staff, but a union representative said Monday that the offer came with unacceptable conditions.
After increasing its pay offer from 3.5% to 4.5%, the city asked the employees to accept the new offer by July 16, or the proposal could possibly revert back to 3.5%, Assistant City Manager Bob Burns said.
"That's just nothing but a pressure tactic," complained John O'Malley of the Orange County Employees Assn., which represents the workers. "We don't think that's a proper way to negotiate."
The union is requesting increases for both the city's professional and clerical staff, whose salaries, they said, are "way below" county average.