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Arbitrator rules Sacramento police must pay part of their pensions

07/10/2014 4:41 PM

07/10/2014 11:19 PM

Police officers and sergeants in the city of Sacramento will begin paying into their pensions after an arbitrator’s ruling last month, officials said Thursday. Those officers were the only city employees who did not pay anything into their retirement accounts.

The ruling ends months of disagreements between the city and the union representing police in Sacramento.

As a result of the June 16 ruling, police officers and sergeants will pay the full employee share of their pension contributions, which amounts to 9 percent of their salaries. Police will also pay an additional 3 percent of their salaries to cover part of a city-funded employer share.

In exchange, police officers will receive 3 percent annual salary increases in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Sergeants will get 2.33 percent raises in those years.

Civilian employees in the Police Department will pay the full employee share of pensions – 7 percent of their salaries. They’ll also pay 1 percent to cover some of the employer share. Those workers will get 1 percent raises in 2016 and 2017.

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