Tom Saggau represents San Jose city employees who are upset about the city’s proposed ballot initiative to restructure pensions. Saggau agrees reform is needed but disagrees with San Jose’s proposal.
The union representing Menlo Park district firefighters has threatened legal action over plans to reduce employee benefits and change working conditions.
The Menlo Park City Council approved a two-year contract with all unionized city workers except police officers. It reduces pension benefits for new hires.
Menlo Park passed the Pension Reform Initiative, Measure L, with nearly 75 percent voter approval. The measure would relieve the cash-strapped city, but labor unions may mount a legal challenge.
In 1979, San Carlos and Belmont created a joint fire department to reduce the cost fire services. Now, San Carlos has decided to break from the joint Fire Department – claiming it’s less expensive.