Two San Jose Ballot Measures Would Reduce Worker Benefits

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A San Jose Police patrol car. (CBS)

A San Jose Police patrol car. (CBS)

SAN JOSE (KCBS) — There are two measures in San Jose aimed at reducing worker benefits.  Both measures require voter approval for a change in the city charter.

Measure V would limit the use of outside arbitrators in settling police and fire contracts. The Measure is supported by Mayor Chuck Reed, who said the average cost for police and fire fighters has gone up by 100 percent in the last ten years.

Meanwhile, police and fire unions are opposed to the measure. Police Officers Association President George Beattie said it would just make it more difficult to come to a negotiated settlement with the city.

“We pride ourselves on the fact that we’ve been able to negotiate with the city in good faith,” he said.

Reed is also supporting Measure W which would reduce retirement benefits for new hires.

Cindy Chavez, who heads up the South Bay Labor Council, said both measures are trying to make city employees scapegoats.

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