Members of the Fresno's blue-collar union have rejected a proposed contract, renewing their 15-month-old labor fight with Mayor Ashley Swearengin.
Marina Magdaleno, business representative for Stationary Engineers Local 39, said the voting ended Thursday with 53% saying no.
"We had a good turnout," Magdaleno said, but declined to say how many of the union's more than 600 members voted.
Magdaleno said she expects to talk to city officials today.
"We're going to try to work through this," she said.
The proposed deal called for members to take a 2% wage cut and pay more toward pensions and health care, Magdaleno said.
"I didn't like it," Magdaleno said of the proposed deal she helped craft. "But we know it's not a good time for the city. We wanted to be an active participant in trying to resolve things."
City Manager Bruce Rudd said he was encouraged by the close vote.
"I want to sit down with Marina and find out what was wrong with the deal," Rudd said.
The union serves many trades, including mechanics and drivers of trash trucks. Local 39's contract expired July 1, 2012.
Magdaleno said some members didn't like being asked to take a hit to their wallets when they work for enterprise departments rather than general fund departments.
An enterprise department for the most part is funded with customer fees for specific services. It is the general fund, money spend at the discretion of elected leaders, that has been a headache for City Hall.