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Pleasanton city employees agree to higher pension contributions, but gain first wage increases in 3 years

Original post made on May 23, 2013

The Pleasanton City Council approved a proposed three-year agreement Tuesday with the union representing 220 regular city employees that will raise individual pension contributions to 8% by the end of the year and reduce floating holiday hours while also granting a 7% wage increase over the life of the new contract, the first pay increase in several years.

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Comments (8)

Posted by Cheryl Cook-Kallio, a resident of Jensen Tract
on May 23, 2013 at 10:32 am

The contract was NOT approved last night. I made the motion (seconded by Kathy Narum), to place it on the agenda for June 4. At that the council will vote. The purpose of last night's agenda item was to make sure the public was aware of the terms before final ratification.

Vice Mayor

Posted by Bart Hughes, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

Let me see if I've got this straight:

- Same process in the pass where the contract is essentially a done-deal before it is presented to the public

- Council committed in 2011 to reduce unfunded liability by 10% over 5 years - since then the unfunded liability has INCREASED by nearly 9%

- The unfunded liability for this particular group increased by $6.3 million in just this past year

- This new contract will save only $1.15 million over three years - putting us further behind

- Employees will receiv raises in excess of the increase contributions they will make (for their own retirements)

- Vast majority of sacrifices will be bourne by future employees to project this current class that mistakenly receive a windfall gift that no other employee class will receive in our lifetimes

Did I miss anything? Am I misrepresenting anything?

Posted by Bart Hughes, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

One more item I realized that is incorrect about this article, some of these employees did receive Step raises over the past three years. What they didn't receive were COLA increases.

It was the senior employees who were most impacted by this - the ones that should have been as they are the ones that will benefit the most from the pension give-away that was mistakenly given to them.

This article does a significant disservice to this community with its obviously biased and incomplete coverage of the issue.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

As one of the wealthiest cities in the United States it is unfair, especially to those of us who pay excessive taxes on account of hard-earned inheritances and investment returns, for us to have to shoulder the burden of city workers who, truth be told, are a dime a dozen. Instead of paying them what they are genuinely worth, we must instead lose substantial sleep on account of the impending onrush of water, carried by the tsunami, all avoidable had workers agreed in the past to more equitable solutions, or, if not more equitable, at least more advantageous to those of us who can afford to live in large, nay huge, houses within the confines of this expensive but imperiled city that will soon be substantially underwater. Unfunded liability. Yes, we hear about matters of human and civil rights, gun violence, class inequality, but for many P-towners it boils down to sustainability in the face of astronomically high salaries and pensions for workers who, when the deluge hits, will not be there to save us. Better get your kayaks out, everybody!

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 25, 2013 at 5:04 pm


Thanks for your analysis in these times of peril, which is music to my ears. One correction, however. That 1.15 million in savings? It's actually a minus 2.25, by my calculations. You see, the city is not being honest. Just look at the lies of Calpers, Calstrs, union leaders, and now all city leaders. They expect us to turn away and be distracted by their untruths while a gargantuan body of water rapidly bears down upon us. Musicians played music on the decks of the Titanic, too, right before it plunged into the dark sea. I'm sure you catch my drift, though all currents are so difficult to measure today with the churning waters foretelling something gigantic is forming on the horizon.

Posted by Bart Hughes, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2013 at 9:23 pm

For few moments, I thought about attending the Council meeting next week to represent the citizens of Pleasanton but realized that it would be a waste of my time.

Congratulations, you win. It will be interesting to watch your creativity on this issue in the coming years.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Don't you worry, Bart. I'll be there to represent the citizens of Pleasanton. As your post suggests, the citizens need only one representative. Let me assure you that it will be me who doesn't let anyone forget the cataclysmic wall of water that is roaring down upon us, probably larger than any tsunami ever experienced in human history, with the exception perhaps of Stockton. It is I who will bring up the lies of Calpers and Calstrs. It is I who will bring up the lies of union officials. It is I who will bring up the lies of all the politicians, but especially those who turn their back on citizens by forming agreements with the laboring people who long ago, when they began demanding higher wages and pensions, relinquished any right they may have had to call themselves citizens.

It's sad but true. There's probably only 1-2% of people in this country who deserve to be called citizens. The remaining 98-99% or so think they are owed a right to a livable wage/salary and pension. These bloated laborers will be the first to drown once the inevitable tsunami scrubs the state clean of its entitlement groups along its way to eat away the foundations of those of us who own HUGE houses above the fray. The sea creeps to pillage, and it will leap on its prey, as job creating heroes' grandchildren will drown in debt some day. Soon.

Posted by !, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Why do I get the feeling that all of the above comments that have been attributed to two different people come from one very disturbed individual, not named Bart Or Arnold? Someone needs help!

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