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Calif. Police Union Sues City Over Pensions

March 20, 2012  | 

Attorneys for the San Jose Police Officers' Association on Monday elaborated on two lawsuits they filed against the city of San Jose, including one that seeks to force the city back to the bargaining table and another that alleges the city violated the union's contract by trying to change retirement benefits through an election rather than arbitration.

Filed late Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court, the first lawsuit says the city failed to adequately "meet-and-confer" before the City Council voted to push a pension reform ballot measure forward, first on Dec. 6 and then when finalizing it on March 6, reports the Silicon Valley Mercury News.

It also says that the impasse declared by the city last fall was broken by new proposals from both the police and firefighter unions and the city, and by the city's changing financial situation. In particular, the unions cite the improved projections given in early December, and the more recent news that there will be no budget deficit in the upcoming fiscal year. The union says that should have prompted renewed discussions.

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Dr. Norman J. Van Houten @ 3/21/2012 7:01 AM

We will be watching this issue very closely here in New Jersey. Last June the legislature changed the pension and medical benefits and many people were affected by the change. We are due for a "pay loss" in July. We will be paying more for medical benefits and our pensions. I have 31 years in the system and can not afford to lose benefits or loss of medical coverage.

Frank @ 3/21/2012 10:53 AM

I must say I hate it when companies and state or local government decides after somone laying their life on the line for 30 years to say, Hey Joe, you know that pension and healthcare plan you had is now something less than what you original signed up for. Why should anyone take something less. A fair way would be to offer a little less for new hires. Their has never been a shortage for LEO's in the New England area. Better yet stop giving the store away to people who have no business receiving state or local government benefits like California did.

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 3/21/2012 3:15 PM

Better do something and watch your city's debt on benefits and expenses. City officials do lie once in a while.

John @ 3/21/2012 5:14 PM

I seen a Canadian show that claimed alot of the Bay area officers are receiving over $100,000 a year. A union official stated the pensions were 75% when he started. They are 90% now. Is this true?

Rick @ 3/22/2012 9:21 AM

From all the news in California, police/fire pensions are in serious danger of being insolvent. In the very near future, especially with oil prices and inflation due to the federal government's quantitive easing, police/fire retirees in California may not have a pension at all.

Yardcop @ 6/10/2012 7:25 PM

The reality is that to earn 90% of your retirement you have to belong to an agency that offers 3% @ a certain age, for most cops in CA its either 50 or 55. So for example if your hired ar 21 (the min age for a cop) and you work till 51, you could retire at 51 with 90%, but that's not the norm. I've seen stats saying most are between 60% and 75% based on age and service. Most of the officers I work with will be in that boat including myself. What I don't care for is the fact that most top administrators including city/county office holders are eligible for 100% retirement with less service requirements.

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