The Blog at CTA

San Jose Mayor Carries Out Threat – Files Promised “Pension Reform” Initiative

As San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed promised last week during a presentation to the conservative Hoover Institution think-tank, he and some of his fellow mayors have filed a new “pension reform” measure that threatens to undermine the promise made to firefighters, teachers, police officers, school bus drivers and other public employees by allowing their retirement benefits to be slashed in mid-career.

Mayor Reed and the mayors of San Bernardino, Santa Ana, Anaheim and Pacific Grove say they are aiming to put on the November 2014 ballot a measure that would allow reductions in the pension benefits that current employees would otherwise earn during the balance of their working lives.

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Capitol News: Improving Charter School Governance

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, the Assembly Education Committee approved a proposal co-sponsored by CTA that requires charter school governing boards to comply width a statute that promotes transparency and accountability to parents and the public in the operation of public schools and expenditure of public funds.

Overall, the goal of AB 913 (Chau) is to have charter schools operate width integrity to ensure their employees (some of whom are represented by CTA) are not deemed ineligible to participate in governmental pension plans by the IRS. Charter school employees are part of the public education system and should receive the protections and benefit plans afforded to all public educational employees, including participation in CalSTRS and CalPERS.

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