The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

August 10, 2011
Corrections supervisors group suing to keep retirement benefit

100602 yolo county gavel.jpgThe California Correctional Supervisors Organization is suing to keep a retirement benefit for their members that it alleges the state has illegally eliminated. The organization represents managers and supervisors in the the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The lawsuit, which is scheduled for hearing on Sept. 23, says that the state shouldn't have axed the Police Office Fire Fighter II retirement benefit for CCSO members when the Brown administration agreed with CCPOA to end the program. Under the so-called POFF II benefit, which was unique to CCPOA's contract, the state put money equal to about 2 percent of an employee's pay into a 401(k)-type fund.

As of Jan. 31, the plan had nearly 40,000 participants and $479 million in assets, according to CalPERS.

CCSO's lawsuit, filed in June, says that it was illegal for the state to unilaterally yank the benefit from its members. The state says that it gave CCSO a heads up but the organization didn't ask for a meeting to talk it over. And besides, the state says, the budget that lawmakers passed didn't carve out money to continue POFF II for CCSO members.

Click here to read CCSO's petition. This link opens the state's opposing response.

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