Court of Appeals denies stay request, Will affect retirement dates for Alameda and CCC employees

On June 30,the Court of Appeals denied the stay request for the AB 197 lawsuit, which affects the retirement benefit calculations for members of both the Alameda and Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Associations.

This is a discouraging decision in light of the declarations from both management and rank-and-file employees in both Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, detailing how employees were being forced to retire in order to preserve their promised retirement benefits—as well as the impact this could have on public services, public safety and public welfare.

As much as 25% of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office is eligible to retire—and numerous doctors and other employees in the Contra Costa Health Services system are eligible for retirement, as well.

Local 21 informed members who are considering retiring that they must separate from employment no later than July 10 and submit required paperwork to the CCCERA by July 11 in order to retire under the prior system. 

CCCERA information re: AB 197 case

The denial is not a decision on the appeal itself—so the appeal will continue. Attorneys are continuing to litigate the case but do not expect a final decision on its merits for many months