The noble necessity

CITY AFFAIRS: The pension agreement for maintenance and clerical workers is a welcome and necessary compromise.

Public employee unions face criticism across the nation — fairly and unfairly — for their impacts on state and city budgets. That is why last Tuesday’s announcement of a deficit-reducing pension deal between Berkeley city officials and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 — which represents the city’s maintenance
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City officials and workers compromise on pension reform

City officials and workers announced Tuesday at the Berkeley City Council meeting their agreement on a two-tiered pension system and a deferral of a previously agreed upon salary increase in hopes of ameliorating Berkeley’s current budget deficit. After nearly four months of negotiations, an agreement that would work to decrease
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