COUNTY UNIONS WANT TO MAKE SUPERVISORS PART-TIME

COUNTY UNIONS WANT TO MAKE SUPERVISORS PART-TIME

COUNTY UNIONS WANT TO MAKE SUPERVISORS PART-TIME
The president of San Bernardino County’s most powerful labor union announced Tuesday it is bankrolling an initiative to reduce county supervisors’ jobs to part-time status. The announcement by Laren Leichliter, president of the San Bernardino County Safety Employees Benefit Association, or SEBA, came hours after he appeared before the Board of Supervisors to protest pension reforms. On a narrow vote, the board authorized county counsel to draft a ballot measure requiring any proposed pension increases for county employees be put to a vote by taxpayers. SEBA is the union that represents sheriff’s deputies and other public safety employees. “All our elected officials, according to them they’re all overpaid, so we’re just trying to assist them in their progression of trying to save county residents money,” Leichliter said. On January 4, SEBA’s board of directors unanimously endorsed and authorized its Political Issues Committee to qualify and pass the San Bernardino County Elected Officials Pay Reduction Act. The proposed initiative would amend the county charter to establish a part-time Board of Supervisors. It would reduce the five supervisors’ staff budgets from $1.5 million per district to $250,000 per office.

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