A union representing city workers intends to file a lawsuit to block a Menlo Park voter initiative that would scale back public pensions.
Sharon McAleavey, a representative with the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees, the union that represents Menlo Park middle managers, wrote in a press release that the union believes the initiative to be illegal.
Volunteers are currently canvassing for the initiative, which would go on the ballot this November if they succeed in collecting 1,848 signatures from registered voters. The initiative would increase the retirement age for new employees from 55 to 60, and would decrease the annual pension of a 30-year worker from 81 percent of the worker's annual salary to 60 percent.
The initiative would also require a vote of the people to approve any future increase in pension benefits negotiated by the City Council.
In the press release, Ms. McAleavey writes that California law prohibits public pension contracts from being changed through a voter initiative. "Giving effect to any such initiative would result in the commission of an unfair labor practice," Ms. McAleavey writes.