Alameda County court workers stage protest

August 25, 2011 8:26:12 PM PDT
Alameda County court workers staged a noon-time protest, accusing top county officials of betraying them.

The workers marched outside the county administration building. They are infuriated about a Contra Costa Times report indicating 23 high level executives received almost $900,000 of secondary pension benefits in 2010.

This happened while Alameda County is grappling with a huge budget deficit and pressuring county workers to give back benefits.

"While you're laying off people, cutting people's hours, cutting services to the public, why are top officials getting more money? I think it should be spread from top to bottom if there is going to be, you know, cutbacks," said Addie Kanae, a courtroom clerk.

The report indicates Alameda County's deferred compensation benefits to high ranking administrators are the biggest in Northern California. A superior court spokesperson would not comment on the report.

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