Mayor presses Sacramento public safety unions to accept pension concessions

By Ryan Lillis, The Sacramento Bee

Mayor Kevin Johnson said the battered city budget will be his focus this month.

Johnson told reporters Tuesday that he wants to be “actively involved” in trying to persuade the city’s public safety unions to agree to contribute to their pensions. Faced with a $15.7 million deficit, city budget officials said nearly 100 police officers and firefighters will be laid off if those workers don’t pay the full share of the employee contribution of their Cal-PERS retirement plans. The city would continue to pay the employer share.

The budget was released Thursday, the same day the mayor began talks with the owners of the Sacramento Kings in an unsuccessful attempt to revive the city’s collapsed arena deal.

Johnson said he’ll use his connections with the police and fire unions to urge those groups to make pension concessions.

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