The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

October 16, 2013
From the notebook: California public pension initiative papers

NOTEBOOK1.jpgAs we reported in today's fiber/cyber Bee, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Tuesday filed a ballot initiative language with Attorney General Kamala Harris that would alter California's constitution to explicitly allow public employees' pensions to be changed prospectively.

Until now, most legal experts have concluded that the state constitution protects pensions promised to workers on their first day at work as a "vested right."

Here are the documents that Reed and four other mayors of California cities submitted as a first step to putting the pension measure on the November 2014 ballot:

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Jon Ortiz launched The State Worker blog and a companion column in 2008 to cover state government from the perspective of California government employees. Every day he filters the news through a single question: "What does this mean for state workers?" Join Ortiz for updates and debate on state pay, benefits, pensions, contracts and jobs. Contact him at (916) 321-1043 and at jortiz@sacbee.com.

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