2021 M&CA Tentative Agreement

HOPE 2021 Meet & Confer Tentative Agreement Ratification

Attention City Employees, you now have a 2021 Meet and Confer Tentative Agreement! This page outlines how we got here, what's in the Agreement, and how to Ratify it (Including the HOPE Online Ratification Ballot).

How Did We Get Here?

Over the last 15 years, HOPE Members have worked together to win improvements in Compensation, Benefits, Policies, and Procedures.

This year, HOPE members followed the Constitution and By-laws by duly electing a Negotiating Team that was representative of the workforce. This led to 23 HOPE members taking the available seats to sit across at the table with City Management to Negotiate.

-- Click HERE for full 2021 M&CA Negotiations Process --

The Negotiating Team sponsored a Survey for City Employees to highlight exactly what the Bargaining focus should be. Many other active HOPE members supported them by connecting their worksites. Well over a thousand City Employees took part in actions including small group meetings, sticker actions, testimonials, and support petitions designed to make sure our Negotiating Team's proposals were a priority.

-- Click HERE for your HOPE Facebook Page w/ Pics and Videos of the Process --

What's In The Tentative Agreement?

The 2021 Meet and Confer Tentative Agreement has improvements to Compensation, Union Representation, Health and Safety, and more:


  • Across-the-Board Increases of 3% over the next 3 years (3% in October of FY 2022, another 3% in July of FY 2023, and a final 3% in FY 2024) and an increase to $14.25 to the City's minimum starting wage.
    • The average City of Houston Employee currently earns $56,298 per year. Over the term of this 3-year tentative agreement, this average rate of pay will increase 9.0% and their average annual salary will increase to $61,070.
  • Raises the base minimum starting wage from $12.00 to $14.25 an hour, affecting both our City Employees in the lower pay grades as well as the Houston area labor market.
  • Maintains the improvements made in previous HOPE Agreements including Shift Differential, Longevity Pay, Overtime, Compensatory Time, Holiday Pay, Bi-Lingual Pay, and Call-Back Pay.

Union Representation:

  • Weingarten-based language for a Union Presence at investigatory meetings which enables Union members to request either a HOPE DUR (Department Union Representative) or Staff Representative if they're called to a meeting they believe may lead to formal positive corrective action.
  • Kept Grievable Issues and Grievance Committee Intact for potential disputes with Corrective Actions, the Promotions Process, or even our HEAR scores along with the freedom of the Committee to render a fair ruling.

Additional Improvements:

  • New Health and Safety language to make sure every City Employee can return home to their families at the end of each workday safe and unharmed through cooperation with City Leaders.
  • Re-Introduction of Paid Time Off Task Force made of equal numbers of HOPE members and City representatives to explore how the system could work and make a recommendation by December 31, 2021.
How can HOPE Members Ratify the Agreement?

The improvements to Compensation, Representation, Health and Safety, and other Policies and Procedures won't take effect until the Agreement is Ratified.

HOPE Ratification calls for a simple majority of Members in Good Standing to approve of the Agreement. Many HOPE Members have already given their approval at several Negotiating Team worksite presentations. As of today, the Online Form is available to virtually give consent.

-- Click HERE to Ratify The Tentative Agreement Online --

The Hope Negotiating Team is excited to get out to more worksites to talk with even more City Employees about the Tentative Agreement and encourage member approval. Feel free to reach out to your nearest HOPE leader or to HOPE directly via email at [email protected] with any concerns or to schedule a visit. 

What can City Employees Do to Strengthen this Process?

It's no secret, HOPE Members did a lot to help win this Agreement. All of their activity has directly contributed to what's in the Agreement.

This has been an example to all of our fellow City Employees as to what it takes to secure better wages, benefits, and policies and procedures.

-- Click HERE for how City Employees can TAKE ACTION including Joining HOPE today--