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Sun Nov 23, 2014, 10:26 AM

City unions resistant to restructured pension plan (Omaha Steve's pension)

I voted for the changes twice in Local 251's contract. One week from today I will be retired BTW.

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By Roseann Moring / World-Herald staff writer

If Mayor Jean Stothert is going to dramatically cut employee costs in her first term, she has to do it now.

Stothert campaigned on a promise to corral city spending, and the current round of labor negotiations could be her only chance to substantially cut into pension and health care costs.

But the negotiations have proved difficult. Some of the unions have balked at Stothertís offers, saying her proposals are too extreme. The police union took the city to court and even put Stothert on the witness stand. Two other contracts are on the brink of moving to the state labor court.

Meanwhile Stothert, a Republican, is under pressure from taxpayer groups and others to go further in exacting concessions from unions.

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FULL story at link.

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