Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with a new proposal put forward by the Police Officers Association in labor negotiations with the city.
More than 100 police officers are being notified that they could be out of a job come July.
In the 10th year of budget cuts, San Jose City manager Debra Figone has said more than 600 employees could lose their jobs to help tackle a $115 million deficit for the upcoming fiscal year. The Mercury News reports that 106 officers are receiving pink slips.
The process will take several days to complete because officers are getting notification when they come in for their shifts, said Jim Unland, vice president of the Police Officers Association.
Figone’s office has said many of the employee layoffs likely to occur are unrelated to the 10 percent cut in total compensation being asked of city workers. Even if all 11 unions agree to the compensation cuts, it would only come out to roughly $38 million in savings. On Monday, the POA submitted its first labor negotiations proposal to the city. The POA then gave the city a new proposal on Friday.
Pension reform continues to be the elephant in the room in almost all city labor negotiations; without it the city will continue to fall deeper into debt.
Mayor Chuck Reed and Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen announced on Thursday a proposal for a ballot measure that would address disability retirement abuses by police officers and firefighters. The City Council will discuss the proposal on Tuesday.
A city audit showed that San Jose has an unusually high amount of sworn officers going on disability despite working full time when they retired. The Mercury News reports that officers and firefighters who retire on disability receive an average tax break of $16,000.