City of Long Beach and the Police Officers Association Reach Tentative Agreement on Pensions
2011-08-26 · By Editor
On Wednesday the City of Long Beach and the Police Officers Association (POA) announced a hallmark tentative agreement to significantly reduce pension costs, enact pension reform, provide future budget relief, and protect police officers from layoffs in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2012 budget. The POA voted and overwhelmingly approved the agreement.
“This vote affirms that POA is providing real pension reform and recognizes something that I’ve said time and again – sustainable pensions are in everyone’s best interest.” said Mayor Bob Foster. “I applaud the members of the Long Beach POA for taking this important step and recognizing that the fiscal health of our city and high quality level of public safety service that this community deserves go hand in hand.
“This vote demonstrates yet again that our officers are more concerned about the public’s safety than they are about their own personal financial gain. It is an honor to represent such selfless people,” said Police Officers Association President Steve James.
This is the second time in the past two years that the Police Officers Association has come to an agreement with the City to help address fiscal issues, although they were under no obligation to do so.
This tentative agreement will return to the City Council in closed session on September 6, 2011 and, if approved, would come to the City Council in open session shortly thereafter.