Public employees are blasting Napa County’s plans to curb future retirement costs, saying instead that cuts and savings should come from the top.
On Tuesday, roughly two dozen members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021 — which represents employees of Napa County — came before the Board of Supervisors to protest the county’s plan to roll out a two-tier pension system for non-safety employees.
They said the switch would shortchange future generations of Napa County employees and make it more difficult for the county to recruit top talent for open positions.
“Why go backwards?,” asked Sabrina Bucklin, president of the union’s Napa chapter. “Why do we want to sell out our future employees?”
A two-tier system would see current county employees keeping their “2.5 percent at 55” formula, while newly hired employees would be placed on less generous “2 percent at 60” formula.