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Supervisors Approve Labor Deals to Avoid Sheriff's Dept. Layoffs



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 12, 2010
The Board of Supervisors has approved a complex labor deal that will keep deputies on the streets in highly-populated areas like Carmichael and parts of South Sacramento. Those communities have already seen sharp drops in patrol service from previous budget cuts.
 
Critics say the deal includes an overly generous retirement package for senior sheriff’s department employees. Supervisor Susan Peters says it’s not a perfect compromise but…
 
Peters: “Sometimes when you’re negotiating, you have to take some bad to get to the greater good. And the good is keeping the municipal police force intact and getting substantial pension reform.”
 
The agreement involves a mix of early retirement incentives and increased pension payments.  It also includes raises next year – on top of previously-negotiated cost-of-living increases.
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