“Threats to retirees continue.
We need your help!”
-Richard Wilken, President, REA
For many years retirees enjoyed a quiet and secure retirement, with key matters of pension payments and healthcare coverage basically running on autopilot.
Legal Challenges. In 2005, the City Attorney mounted serious and unrelenting attacks on the independence of the San Diego City Employees’ Retirement System (SDCERS) and the legality of our vested pension benefits. These cases were not fully resolved in the courts until 2011. In 2010 the new City Attorney filed unsuccessful litigation (“Substantially Equal”) that threatened to seriously negatively impact the cost of pension benefits for current City employees.
New assaults are occurring that involve not just San Diego but also other public agencies in the state and throughout the nation. They include: