San Jose voters to decide pension reform changes

San Jose's ongoing fight over pension reform will be decided by voters.
San Jose's ongoing fight over pension reform will be decided by voters. City leaders have announced plans to seek a November ballot measure that, if passed, would scale back two key components of the plan.

The changes include allowing former city workers who quit their jobs to come back under their old benefit plan and lowering the bar for police and firefighters to go retire on disability.

Union leaders are not pleased, saying the city has not addressed any of their concerns. "We equate it to the captain of the Titanic yelling out to all the people on the lifeboats, 'Come on back. I know the ship is sinking but get back on board,'" San Jose Police Officers Association President Jim Unland said.

San Jose voters overwhelmingly passed the reform plan in 2012.

Backers said they had to do something to reign in soaring retirement costs, but city workers have been leaving their jobs for better paying positions elsewhere.
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