Don’t Stop At The Top!
If you’ve already scanned your vote-by-mail or sample ballot for next week’s election, you know what we’re talking about. We’re talking about a ballot that is three pages back and front for many voters. National, state and local candidates vying for office. SEVENTEEN state ballot initiatives.
We want to make sure our Local 21 Members make it to the bottom of the ballot, where the more important issues lie. Two measures for San Jose will effect our Members for years to come. To see a mailer recently sent to voters featuring our own Steve Pagan, click here: measure-f-g-mailer.
Measure F would cement a compromise deal negotiated between the City of San Jose and its employee unions, including Local 21 and police and fire. It settles years of litigation and acrimony over severe cuts to City workers’ retirement benefits implemented by the draconian Measure B from 2012. Measure B stripped away many pension protections, drastically reduced retirement benefits, increased the retirement age, and eroded employees’ access to disability retirement if they were injured on the job.
Measure F is a FAIR deal for all involved.
After years of lawsuits and Union victories in the courts and in front of the Public Employment Relations Board, Labor negotiated a settlement with the City of San Jose over Measure B’s reforms to retirement benefits. This includes compromises on disability retirement, pension calculations and supplemental payments. The initiative is supported by a wide coalition including the City Council, former Mayor and pension “reformer” Chuck Reed, police chiefs, Labor, the Mercury News and Chamber of Commerce. Yes on Measure F.
Measure G modernizes San Jose’s business tax. The tax charged to businesses has not been adjusted for inflation in 30 years. This helps ensure businesses are paying a fairer share of taxes. Yes on Measure G.
To view other Local 21 endorsements, click here: slate-card.