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Our government shouldn't make promises we cannot keep – but we must keep the promises we've already made.
President Barack Obama – State of the Union – February 12, 2013


MEF is Seeking Members
for the
Contract Action Team

As you know, our Memorandum of Agreement (contract) expires at the end of June. I recently appointed a Contract Negotiations Team that is beginning preparations for the “meet and confer” process with the City to form a successor agreement. The Negotiations Contract Team needs your help.

The mission of AFSCME MEF is to improve the wages, and the hours and working conditions of its members. This can only happen with membership participation. The goals of our Union cannot be fully realized except through the united and organized work of our members. This is where I need your help.

The Contract Action Team (CAT) assists the Contract Negotiations Team with drafting contract language, reviewing proposals, and providing outreach to the membership on the progress of negotiations. If you are a member of MEF and interested in joining the Contract Action Team (or have questions about it) please contact me at the email link below.

Yolanda Cruz
MEF President

Victory with Measure B!

We have just received a tentative decision in the Measure B litigation today, Monday December 23, 2013. In summary, the Court struck down the major components of Measure B, but let stand the lesser provisions. Assuming the final decision reflects this tentative decision, this is a strong victory! It also bodes very well for our unfair practice charges. Full text of the decision may be found at here, but the main items are as follows:

  • The Court rejected the City’s argument that the Reservation of Rights clauses contained within the City’s Charter and Municipal Code prevent vesting of pension rights. Although the Court did not directly endorse many of the authorities raised by the unions, it agreed that the clauses do not themselves prevent the vesting of pension rights.
  • The Court struck down Measure B’s provision requiring increased pension contributions by up to 16% of income (the VEP) to cover the system’s unfunded liabilities, for those employees who do not accept a lesser pension benefit going forward.
  • The Court struck down the provisions allowing the City Council to suspend COLA payments if it dettermins a "service level emergency exists.
  • The Court supported Measure B’s changes to disability retirement eligibility and also found that requiring medical panels to determine qualifying disability, instead of the retirement board, did not impair vested rights.ermines a “service level emergency exists.”
  • The Court upheld the Elimination of the SRBR, since doing so does not impair any guaranteed rights because the SRBR benefit is discretionary in nature.
  • The Court rejected Measure B’s requirement that employees pay a “minimum of 50%” of the cost of the health plan (as opposed to 1:1 ratio).
  • The Court supported that employees can be required to pay a portion of the unfunded liability of the Retiree Health benefit.
  • The Court supported AFSCME’s challenge to the Low Cost Health Plan language of Measure B, which pegs retiree health benefits to the lowest cost plan available to any city employee because, the Court ruled, the provision “takes away the right to have access to health care benefits that are fully paid for.”
  • The Court rejected the AFSCME and POA's challenge to the provision of Measure B that permits the City to reduce wages in the event the VEP is deemed invalid. In reality, this rejection, simply affirms what the City has the right to do, which is adjust compensation. There are limits, as the Court’s decision appears to hinge on a clause permitting action to the “extent permitted by law,”·which would include the obligation to bargain any such reductions. Thus, Measure B does not change the fact that compensation reductions are permissible only when bargained in accordance with state labor relations law. In other words, the City MUST bargain in good faith with our Union, and not move quickly to impose terms and conditions, as it did with the reduction of pay by 15% in 2011-12.
  • Finally, although the Court noted that the decision does not apply to new employees, hearings challenging the City’s adoption of Measure B because of a failure to bargain in good faith are set to be heard in the coming months by administrative law judges appointed by PERB. If PERB determines that the City bargained in bad faith, Measure B it will be unenforceable in its entirety.

This ruling is extremely positive and comes on the back of the recent PERB decision regarding imposition of terms and conditions. The PERB hearing mentioned in the last bullet point is set to occur on January 13, 2014.

Download the full text of the Measure B decision.

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Discipline and Grievance Issues
For discipline and grievance issues contact the following Union representatives in the order listed:

1) Your Department Steward.
2) Chief Steward Andy Paul at 408-476-1174 or email
3) AFSCME Business Agent Charles Allen at 408-386-9915 or email

Watch the “Pensiongate” Videos of Mayor Reed Lying

City Council Leaves Unconstitutional Pension Measure on the Ballot
San Jose Officials Caught Lying about Pensions
Unions Call for Pension Investigation
City Manager Fires Back on Pension Projections
San Jose Council Says Show Me the Math
KGO 810AM Interview with Councilman Ash Kalra
SEC Complaint Filed Against Mayor Chuck Reed
Lawsuit Accuses City of San Jose of Breaching Fiduciary Duties
San Jose Pension System Questions: Does a conflict of interest exist in the Retirement Services Department?
State Lawmakers Order SJ Pension Audit
Deputy City Manager:
“The number of 650 has been used by our mayor.’
San Jose Unions Sue to Block Pension Reform
$650M San Jose Pension Projection “Unsupported”

Download the State Auditor's report of the City of San José showing that retirement cost projections were unsupported.
Download the ETHICS COMPLAINT against Mayor Reed & Retirement Department Director Crosby.
Attorneys Recommend Election Commission Take NO Action on Ethics Complaint.
Download the
Information Request Regarding Pension Cost Estimates memo that
Councilmembers Kalra, Chu, Campos, Rocha, and Pyle sent to the Rules and Open Government Committee
on February 23, 2012, asking for details about how the $650 million figure was calculated and who developed it.
Download the SEC complaint against Mayor Reed.
Download the complaint for breach of fiduciary duty lawsuit.
Download the
City's lawsuit against MEF.
Download AFSCME's lawsuit against the City.
Click here to read more about what's happening with Measure B.
Download the POA's lawsuit against the City.
Download the
Firefighter's lawsuit against the City.

Municipal Employees’ Federation
Local 101
District Council 57
American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

1150 North First Street, Suite #101
San José, CA 95112
(408) 998-2070
fax: (408) 998-0451

Business Agent


Charles Allen


AFSCME District Council 57

Office Hours 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Monday - Friday

510-777-7703 or 800-244-8122, ext. 703

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