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Labor relations board rules against San Diego's pension cutbacks

A new state labor board ruling casts doubt on San Diego's aggressive pension cutbacks and orders the city to spend millions creating retroactive pensions for roughly 2,000 employees hired since those cutbacks took effect.

City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said he hopes to quickly get City Council approval to appeal Tuesday's ruling by the Public Employment Relations Board, which he has criticized as staunchly pro-union.

Goldsmith predicted that a state appellate court would nullify the ruling and vindicate the pension cutbacks, which city voters easily approved as Proposition B in 2012. The measure replaced guaranteed pensions with 401(k)-style retirement plans for most new city...

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