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Unions sue city over pension measure; council meets to discuss

Original post made on Jun 28, 2010

==BI (This is an expanded version of a previously posted article)== A Menlo Park resident and two unions representing Menlo Park employees have launched a legal counterattack on a grassroots group that led a successful effort to put a pension-reform measure on the November ballot.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, June 28, 2010, 11:30 AM

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jun 28, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Let us hope that these ridiculous and offensive actions by the public sector unions will awaken more of the citizenry to the fact that they are being fleeced and ripped off by our supposed public servants, who have far superior compensation and benefits than the average private sector worker.

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Posted by Mical Brenzel
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jun 28, 2010 at 12:24 pm

My message to the public sector unions: you can try all the legal intimidation techniques you wish, but the will of the people will prevail at the ballot box. Public sector unions are outrageous in their demands. If they succeed in thwarting this relatively mild measure to reduce public employee pensions they will only pull the entire structure down on their own heads. The next measure will be to freeze or radically reconfigure ALL public employee defined benefit pensions, as has been done in most of the private sector. Hogs get slaughtered...

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Posted by fiscal conservative
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jun 28, 2010 at 3:01 pm

The City should not spend any of its precious budget money either for or against this referendum. The people who drafted it and collected the signatures had to have known there would be a legal challenge to it. The Council has already voted, after reaching an impasse during negotiations, to impose the actual 2 at 60 terms (plus other terms that bring much more savings to the City much sooner and without undue risk to service quality). The remaining issue is whether any future changes shoudl always go to the voters, and that is what the lawsuit apparently takes issue with. The Pension referendum committee needs to step up and defend that unusual featurethemselves, not drain city coffers out of their concerns about the future. We have much more important things to spend scarce City budget resources on -- like avoiding letting go of a police officer, which could well be the next option "one the cutting board" for the City's budget.

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 28, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Go Pension Initiative! GO! GO! GO!

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