By a vote of 4 to 0, the AVCA Board approved this motion
The City of San Jose (City) has an unsustainable employee and retiree compensation and benefits cost structure that results
in pay and defined benefits more generous than those found in the private sector and that rises at a higher rate than the City's revenues.
These pay and benefit costs result from a requirement that fire fighters, peace officers, and City management submit to
binding arbitration in the event of contract negotiation impasses; and arbitration awards have resulted in salary and
benefits that exceed the City's ability to pay.
The Almaden Valley Community Association (AVCA) Board of Directors urges the San Jose City Council to place on the
November 2010 ballot propositions that (a) call for the immediate elimination of binding arbitration as a way to resolve
salary and benefit disputes between the City, fire fighters, and peace officers; AND (b) initiate a portable
defined contribution retirement plan for all employees who begin employment with the City effective 60 days after
the date the proposition is approved by a majority of voters in the November 2, 2010, general election.