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Dec 23, 2013
Landmark San Jose Ruling Upholds Vested Pension Rights

 A Santa Clara Superior Court judge has invalidated the central provision of a pension-slashing initiative in San Jose that threatened basic retirement rights for millions of California workers. The closely-watched decision ruled that the city's Measure B illegally cut the pensions of current workers. 

Dec 20, 2013
Leg. Analyst: Reed Pension Initiative May Cost Billions

Public pension foes got yet another lump of coal in their holiday stockings. The non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office says San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed's initiative to gut retirement security could cost into the billions over the next two decades, and long-term savings could be offset by cost increases in other areas.

Nov 20, 2013
Pew Anti-Pension Campaign Trips on its Own Poll

Fueled by money from anti-retirement billionaires, the Pew Center has been advocating for slashing the pensions of firefighters and other public workers. But when they went out and asked the public what they thought, they found the people weren't buying the spin.

Nov 5, 2013
LODD: Livermore Pleasanton Captain Paul Chenkovich

Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters Local 1974 and CPF are saddened to announce the death of Livermore-Pleasanton Captain Paul Chenkovich in the line of duty. Brother Chenkovich died November 5th after a three-year battle with job-related brain cancer at the age of 48. Memorial services are scheduled for Friday, Nov. 15 at 11:00am, St. Augustine Church, Pleasanton.

Nov 4, 2013
LODD: Los Angeles Co. Firefighter Specialist Shawn Bayer

Los Angeles County Firefighters Local 1014 is saddened to announce the death of LACoFD Firefighter Specialist Shawn Bayer of job-related cancer. 

Oct 17, 2013
San Jose Mayor Launches Campaign to Gut Retirement Security

With an Enron profiteer and powerful anti-worker ideologues in his corner, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed this week launched a statewide campaign to cut the heart out of retirement security for millions of firefighters, teachers and other public workers. 

Oct 9, 2013
CPF-Backed Candidates Re-Elected to CalPERS Board of Administration

The election to fill two seats employee seats on the CalPERS Board of Administration is over, and there won't be a runoff. J.J. Jelincic and Michael Bilbrey -- both backed by California Professional Firefighters -- won their reelection campaigns with more than 50% of the vote.

Oct 5, 2013
Emotional Sacramento Tribute Honors Fallen California Firefighters

Hundreds of firefighters, family members, grateful citizens and Governor Jerry Brown paused today in Sacramento's Capitol Park to honor 22 firefighters who died in the line of duty. The California Firefighters Memorial Ceremony pays tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price.

Oct 3, 2013
Fire Resources Ramp Up Ahead of Red Flag Warnings

With dry desert winds forecast for much of California over the next few days, CAL FIRE and local agencies are pre-deploying resources to prepare for the worst.

Sep 24, 2013
Promise Breakers: How Pew Trusts Are Helping to Gut Pensions

Is the "non-partisan" Pew Center for the States selling its good name and acting as the new front group for billionaire anti-pension ideologue John Arnold? You decide. 

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