Let the real battle begin. On Tuesday, the City Council voted 6-5 to place a retirement reform ballot measure before voters in June 2012, which will also be the same time California voters take part in the presidential primary election. Supporting the ballot measure were Mayor Chuck Reed and councilmembers Madison Nguyen, Pete Constant, Rose Herrera, Sam Liccardo and Pierluigi Oliverio. Voting against the measure were councilmembers Xavier Campos, Kansen Chu, Ash Kalra, Nancy Pyle and Don Rocha.
While the vote could set off an intense legal fight between unions and the city, the council directed staff to “invite all employee unions to continue engaging in mediated negotiations,” according to a press release sent out by Mayor Reed’s office. The theory behind this is that the city “would leave open the possibility of changing in the ballot language measure should an agreement be reached between now and March.”