Thursday, June 29, 2006

Employees challenge pension contribution plan

MICHELLE LOCKE
Associated Press

Some employees at the University of California are challenging their bosses' assertion that they need to start contributing to the system's pension plan.

Union officials planned to release a report Thursday saying that officials didn't do enough research before deciding to restart employee contributions to the plan. Nurses, researchers, custodians, librarians, faculty and other employees planned to protest at several campuses to demonstrate their disapproval.

"The report shows UC has not justified the need to start pension contributions at this time," said Faith Raider, of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents some of UC's lowest-paid workers.

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