Monday, May 31, 2010

Santa Clara Grand Jury Calls for Employee Sacrifices

SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) -- All 15 cities in Santa Clara County need to do a better job in reining in employee costs according to a new report issued by the Santa Clara County Civil Grand Jury.

The 13 recommendations include doing a better job of controlling employee costs, as well as requiring city employees to pay part of their own medical premiums.

”I agree with almost everything the Grand Jury had to say,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “I hope that this becomes the basis for some reform measures that need to be taken by everybody.”

Jody Meacham with the South Bay Labor Council had a different take on the findings.

”We’re in favor of cities looking at ways to save money, but we’re not in favor of cities taking away the financial security of workers who have given their careers to providing services to city residents,” said Meacham.

The Labor Council also opposes a two-tier wage and benefits system recommended in the report.


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