On Wednesday, the city sent a draft of proposed ballot measures addressing pension reform to each public employee union. Only two of those letters went to union groups that have agreed to set times to continue negotiations: the police and firefighters, which recently joined together in negotiations, and the unions representing architects and engineers (AEA), mid-level managers (CAMP) and maintenance supervisors (AMSP).
In each letter sent by Gina Donnelly, San Jose’s deputy director of employee relations, the unions were told that the draft was in response to Mayor Chuck Reed’s proposal in May to go to voters for more extensive pension reform than the charter currently allows.
The draft contains “Tier 2” pension guidelines for new hires starting next summer, an opt-in program for current employees, lengthening the time it takes to retire, and reducing cost of living increases amongst other ideas. The city is also reserving the right to make more changes to the draft.
The sworn officer unions are scheduled to meet with the city on Wednesday, while the union group of AEA, CAMP and AMSP will meet employee relations officials on Tuesday.