San Jose Looks To Cap Cop Sick Leave Retirement Buyouts

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – In the face of staggering budget cuts, San Jose’s policy of paying city workers for unused sick leave is coming under scrutiny. The mayor says that the sick leave buyout policy is a perk the city may no longer be able to afford.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

The program pays employees for unused sick days once they retire. Last year retiring Police Chief Rob Davis cashed out 30 years of unused sick days for nearly $300,000.

This is all completely legal, but some say it needs to stop.

”There is no doubt that we need to make changes,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, who notes that the city is facing another year of deficits over $100 million.

“Cashing in sick leave upon retirement is a perk we can no longer afford,” said Reed. “It cost us $14 million last year. It’s enormously expensive.”

The San Jose Police Union said that the officers are only following the buyout rules that the city put in place years ago, in exchange for cops taking a raise.

Reed suggests they put a cap on sick leave, as other cities do.

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  1. Get Real says:

    San Jose is now a sick city caused by overpaying the public servants. We must now take drastic cut of pay and incentives to get back to health again. Also, the City must remind the public servants that none are forced to stay on the job and are welcome to quit for their own good.

  2. Priscilla Kenard says:

    As much as it might hurt, it’s time that the public sector goes where the private sector starting going in the 80’s to be fiscally responsible.
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    Use it or lose it, is what happened with vacation time… only a minimum in the early days could continue to be ‘banked’ and some limited number of days could be ‘bought/cashed out’
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    The other thing that gets lots of bad press with the unions is contributory insurance.
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    Private companies have long required both a monthly contribution and co-payments. The police and fire unions have been in the press preferring to lay their brothers and sisters off rather than adjust benefits!
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    We all need to play by the same rules…it’s a different time, so let’s balance things out before more drastic measures are forced to be taken.
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    Play on the team, before heaping blame on the cities and states. Thanks!

  3. Aint no Thang says:

    Keep it the way it it…I am looking for a Bentley when I cash my sick leave in.

  4. DaPoPoMan says:

    My cash out is capped. Their sell back should be as well. Paying someone $300K for unused sick leave is ridiculous!

    Pris – Sorry but unions are there for a reason. Its too bad you do not have union protections. Also, most cities and counties are now paying a portion of their insurance. The days of fully paid medical are long gone. And yes, with the economy in the toilet, I am not going to give up my pay or benefits because it is not going to matter. People are still going to be laid off! It has happened time after time. OPD gave up 15%, voluntarily to avoid lay offs and the following year Oakland laid off 80 cops. So they gave away the pay and benefits for nothing.

    How about looking at the true source of the fiscal mismanagement, which falls to the fools elected to office. Not the cops and firemen. Every year the state lawmakers cannot even come in with a budget but they keep getting paid for not doing their jobs. But hey, let’s not do anything crazy like fixing anything.

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