Local 21 Files for Injunction of Pension Reform Bill

Along with several other County unions, Local 21 filed a writ petition to intervene in the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association’s (ACERA) implementation of pension reform bill AB 340 and clean up bill AB 197 for existing employees. Initially, it sought an injunction to prevent ACERA from excluding certain categories of pay from being used in pension calculations, which it has included in the past, based on the change impairing employees’ vested rights. The elimination of these types of pay would result in a reduction in employees’ pension benefits, below what they had been promised. These categories include final compensation calculations (i.e. vacation cash outs and inclusion of certain premiums).

The Court has granted a temporary stay of 60 days, pending a ruling on the merits of the case. We have also filed a petition of intervention in the Contra Costa County Employees’ Retirement Association where a stay had already been granted.