Sunday, April 19, 2009 | After the City Council voted to impose Mayor Jerry Sanders’ last, best, and final offer on the San Diego Police Officers Association (SDPOA) my phone has been ringing incessantly with questions from officers about this imposed contract.
I, as well as the rest of the SDPOA Board of Directors, have grown weary over the last week of saying to them, “We don’t know.” Maybe somebody in San Diego can answer the following questions since nobody from the City Attorney’s Office, labor relations, or Mayor Sanders’ negotiating team ever answered them over the last two months and they are a large reason why there is not an agreement between the POA and the City.
1) If an employee is in the DROP program before the end of the fiscal year, are they allowed to remain in the retiree health care system that has existed for the past two decades or will they be forced into the new retiree medical plan with a capped benefit of $740.00 per month?
2) Officers hired before 1986 were promised lifetime retiree health coverage when they voted to allow the city of San Diego out of the Social Security/Medicare system. Officers voted this way, because they were told it would save taxpayers untold millions of dollars. Will they now be forced to have their health care payments capped for life at $740.00 per month when they retire, even though they do not have Medicare? An HMO purchased through Kaiser already costs a retiree well over $600 per month and the city has done virtually nothing to control the costs of its retiree health care plans.