Council will discuss LBPD union contract - ContraCostaTimes.com: "The Long Beach City Council on Tuesday will consider a police union deal that planners say would save at least $69million through fiscal year 2022. To seal the agreement, the city would advance planned raises to union members and set aside money to offset layoffs, at a cost of $2.575million in the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
Pension reform has been identified as a key to securing Long Beach's financial solvency as the city faces $40.5 million in structural deficits through 2014. Last week, the council finalized $20.3 million in cuts for next year. Police union members have agreed to contribute 7percent more of their salaries to their own pensions, as well as reduce benefits for future hires. City negotiators are looking to strike similar deals with other public employee labor groups. Tuesday's meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. at City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd."