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Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - February 11, 2011

Employee union contract is fair; council should sign it Tuesday

Over the last several weeks and again Tuesday night, community activists who are concerned over Pleasanton's unfunded pension liability for its employees have been badgering the City Council to rein in the benefits. The city's unfunded liabilities now total between $121 million and $290 million, depending on whose accounting formulas are used. To start closing the gap, this citizens' group, led by businessman Bart Hughes and former City Councilwoman Kay Ayala, want a pending two-year labor contract with the union representing miscellaneous employees to be scuttled and rewritten to require more hefty retirement contributions. The contract, negotiated last fall by City Manager Nelson Fialho and the Pleasanton City Employees Association (PCEA) that represents 227 employees, is scheduled to be voted on by the City Council next Tuesday night. The city has separate union contracts with its firefighters and police.

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