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San Jose mayor pitches pension changes in Santa Rosa

Cities and counties need to move quickly to stem rising retirement costs before they overwhelm budgets to the point where it becomes impossible to deliver routine services, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed told the Sonoma County Taxpayers Association on Thursday.

Sonoma County, private operator near $547 million deal to run troubled landfill

The latest solution to Sonoma County’s garbage situation is a 20-year contract worth more than half a billion dollars that would outsource operations of the solid waste system.

It would give control of the county’s troubled 42-year-old central landfill west of Cotati to an Arizona company with $8 billion in annual revenue. But it would keep the site, and the county’s five waste transfer stations, in public ownership.

The proposal is being called the largest public-private business deal in county history and is headed to the Board of Supervisors for the first time Tuesday.

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approves two deals to lower county payroll expenses

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday took its first independent action to rein in pension costs, unanimously approving a pair of deals that lower payroll expenses for more than 60 percent of the county workforce.

Changes to exempt employees’ pay upset Sonoma County union

A short-lived ceasefire between Sonoma County government and its largest labor union broke down this week over last-minute changes to the pay and benefits proposed for the county’s highest-paid employees.

County union vote upheld

Sonoma County government’s largest labor union has upheld its close vote approving a tentative contract, a step that likely marks the end of a tense tug-of-war with the county that began almost a year ago.

Decision on Sonoma County contract vote due this week

Attorneys for Sonoma County government’s largest labor union are set to decide early this week if a vote that appeared to approve a new labor contract for the union will stand.

52% of county workers OK contract

Sonoma County government’s largest labor union voted Tuesday by a slim 52 percent majority to approve a proposed labor contract that would balance a short-term salary freeze with future-year wage growth.

County, labor leaders await outcome of contract vote

The outcome of a standoff between Sonoma County’s government and its largest union could be decided today in a contract vote by workers.

Sonoma County, workers’ union reach tentative contract agreement

Sonoma County government and its largest union have reached a tentative labor agreement that would provide short-term salary savings and curb long-term pension costs in exchange for some later wage growth and increased county contributions for health-care coverage.

Sonoma County says workers who strike may be punished

Sonoma County government administrators have told members of the county’s largest labor union that they could be disciplined if they participate in a planned Feb. 28 strike and the walkout later is found to be unlawful by a state labor board.

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