South Bay

San Jose Members “Camp Out,” Bring City to the Bargaining Table


At 3am on Monday, June 6, Local 21 members set up an RV and “camped out” outside of San Jose City Hall to call on elected officials to negotiate with City workers about changes to retirement benefits. They carried a banner with the message, “Tell the Truth! Negotiate Now!”

San Jose Declares Fiscal Emergency to Cut Workers’ Retirement Benefits


On Friday, May 13th, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed released a memo calling for a Fiscal and Public Safety Emergency to “gain control over skyrocketing retirement costs.”  In the memo, Reed announced his plan to place a measure on the November ballot that would dramatically cut City workers’ retirement benefits.  Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilmembers Sam Liccardo and Rose Herrera also signed on to the proposal.

San Jose Members Fight to Safeguard Vested Benefits, Participate in Trainings



On May 2, San Jose’s City Manager unveiled a Five-Year “Fiscal Reform” Plan proposing that the City create a hybrid Social Security-Defined Contribution plan for new hires instead of the Defined Benefit retirement plan that current workers have.