Tuesday, February 14, 2012

PERB Moves to Stop San Diego Pension Initiative, Issues Complaint Against City

On February 10, 2012, the Public Employment Relations Board granted a request for injunctive relief to stop the so-called "Comprehensive Pension Reform Initiative for San Diego."  PERB also directed its General Counsel to "immediately initiate an action for appropriate injunctive and writ relief in San Diego Superior Court."  A copy of PERB's letter granting injunctive relief and complaint is available here.

The initiative seeks to replace defined benefits pension for most city workers with a 401(k) and reduce public safety benefits.  The initiative would also cap city payroll for five years and remove charter provisions requiring employee approval to change pension benefits.  PERB's Complaint alleges the city council placed the initiative on the June 2012 ballot without satisfying its duty to meet and confer, violating the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act.