Re "Pension bill not perfect, but a start toward reform" (Editorials, Aug. 31): I am sorry, but that is a crock.
There are three things that need to be accomplished for real pension reform. Collective bargaining needs to disappear. Unfortunately this will never take place; the Legislature and governor are paid stooges of the unions and do not represent the people of California.
All state workers should come under one standard pay schedule much like the federal schedule. Paying different rates to different unions for essentially the same work is insane. Retirement should be a hybrid system much like the federal system -- mostly 401(k)-style with a small defined benefit plan.
All three items must be accomplished to have any real effect on retirement. Unfortunately it will never happen in my lifetime. California will continue its downward spiral to insolvency.
-- Albert F. Kammerer, Sacramento
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