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Public Safety Unions Oppose Calif. Gov.'s 'Radical' Pension Plan

August 28, 2012  | 

CC_Flickr: Neon Tommy
CC_Flickr: Neon Tommy

California Governor Jerry Brown introduced what he called "radical change" to the pension system Tuesday, a plan that met with stiff opposition from the state's public employee unions.

Public unions objected strongly to the plan during a noon press conference following its unveiling. Gov. Brown said the plan would save the state from $18 billion to $30 billion over the next 30 years, but he provided no details on where the savings would come from, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"If the legislature approves these reforms, public retirement benefits will be lower than when I took office in 1975," Gov. Brown said. "Additional changes would require a vote of the people."

Under terms of the plan, officers would be required to work until age 57 to receive their full pension payout. An officer could earn up to 2.7% of their annual salary for every year of public employment. The plan would also cap an officer's salary that could be used to calculate pensions at $130,000.

"My biggest concern is age 57," said Sgt. Jim Unland, president of the San Jose Police Officers' Association. "That's pretty tough to ask someone to fight some 20 year old [who's] high on drugs or drunk."

The plan represents a further reduction of benefits for new officers hired by the California Highway Patrol, whose union in 2010 agreed to reduced benefits.

New employees would also be required to pay 50% of normal pension costs, while the state would pay the other half.

Gov. Brown has abandoned his plan to implement a hybrid pension that would include a 401(k)-style benefit.

The hybrid plan was a "nice idea, but it was just something they couldn't put together," Unland said.

Law enforcement officers working in Los Angeles, San Jose, San Diego, and other charter cities would be exempt from the plan. Read Gov. Brown's press release here.

By Paul Clinton

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Tags: California Highway Patrol, Pensions, Retirement Benefits


Comments (7)

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Bob@Az. @ 8/28/2012 7:21 PM

Gee, I wonder if the governor and the other politians will get their benefits & perks cut.....haha, I made a joke. Oops, he already is a joke. I know, I know, he only makes about $175,000 a year and still manages to dress nice. Of course when you figure in how much the voters pay for I think it's a bit more then that. Sad. Cut the stuff to the guys that lay it on the line daily and expect crime to go down. Blues, take care and be safe.

TripWire @ 8/28/2012 9:33 PM

Of course the congress will still get their pensions after two terms, but who's counting. Get ready for a more big heaping loads of crap because this stuff is only the beginning. The states down to the local governments are going to balance their budget shortfalls on the backs of cops and firefighters and the kicker is, some of us are lucky just to still have a job. BOHICA!

Dave M @ 8/28/2012 10:40 PM

In order to keep the State of California from erupting into civil war, Gov. Moonbeam will cut every bill he can to keep from having to cut the welfare payouts. The state gave everything to the non-producers and drove the producers out of the state. The welfare class wants more. "no money? That's YOUR problem." But not too many people in the rest of the country will cry for California. Most states are nearly as broke as you are and you brought it on yourselves by electing and reelecting these idiots.

DEADMAN @ 8/29/2012 2:17 AM

Don't tell me,those exempted cities are the democrats power base and they don't want to ruffle their feathers,until it's convenient,until the next election.Keep voting for this trash,you deserve it.

Frank @ 8/29/2012 7:36 AM

The people of this country need the wake-up! Put down your Iphone, TV remotes, get off the couch and stop eating Bon Bons. Instead of the local taxpayers complaining about Union people. I'm not a Union Worker but I surely understand what is happening here in this desperate country of ours. We should be re-directing out frustrations and anger at all the wasted monies that has been handed out for illegals and welfare in California and other states. Time to speak up. You need to vote people out that think its ok to steal from the State or Local pension systems to take care of a problem that the politicians created. The trick is to take from YOU! Then hand it over to the people who do not or did not work for it. We need to start paying attention to politics or you will have nothing come retirement time or will be working until your 70. THe best the state can do is Jerry Brown??

michael @ 8/29/2012 10:40 PM

I love it, every time the state needs money they want to take it away from us. I know there is a few things that could change in our state retirement system, but this is not what I had in mind. Well, I didn't vote for Brown either so these are some of the things I expected when he got back in office. As if the state didn't have enough problems.............The real problem is the legislatures knows what really needs to be done but no one will say it or do it because it is not politically correct. We will go bankrupt before the real problems ever get addressed.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 8/30/2012 1:53 PM

This is the future..

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