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San Diego judge refuses to keep pension reform off ballot

A San Diego judge Tuesday refused a request from public employee unions to block a pension reform measure from appearing on the city's June 5 ballot.

The unions, backed by the Public Employee Retirement Board, claimed that San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and the City Council engaged in an unfair labor practice by refusing to negotiate over the issue of ending pensions for newly hired employees and substituting a 401(k) investment plan.

The measure also would freeze pensionable pay for five years for current city employees.

Superior Court Judge William Dato said the issue of the alleged unfair labor practice is not clear-cut enough to keep the measure off the ballot.

Still, he said the issue could be brought back to court by the labor unions in an effort to invalidate the measure if it passes.


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