Appeals Court Rules Against San Diego Unions: First of Many Taxpayer Victories To Come

Thursday, April 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,
ZeroHedge.com
Apr 13, 2017

In 2012, San Diego voters gave Landslide Approval to Proposition B, which eliminated defined-benefit pensions for newly hired city workers except for police.

In December of 2015, the state Public Employment Relations Board, a bastion of Union sympathizers, ordered the city to make millions of dollars of retroactive payments to workers hired since the law took effect.

The city appealed. Today we have a very welcome ruling for taxpayers: An Appeals Court overturned the PERB Ruling.

“This is a victory for the citizens of San Diego and the state of California,” said taxpayer advocate April Boling, one of three who filed court appeals. “The court agreed citizens can take matters into their own hands through the initiative process and support of elected officials does not somehow trigger the requirement for union negotiations.”

Since the provisions of the ballot measure were implemented, most new employees have been offered 401k-style plans.

The proposition was opposed by organized labor groups, which took their case to the PERB.

The city contended that private citizens don’t have to negotiate with organized labor before proceeding with a ballot measure, and that even though municipal officials like then-Mayor Jerry Sanders backed Proposition B, they did so on their own time.

A three-justice panel of the Fourth District Court of Appeal returned the case to PERB with directions to dismiss the union complaints.

The justices also called on PERB to order other “appropriate relief” consistent with the views they expressed in their opinion, and determined that each side to the litigation will bear its own costs.

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