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Union votes on contract proposal that cuts county pension costs

Long-sought changes to curb Sonoma County's public pension costs are included in a proposed labor contract that covers about half the county workforce and is up for approval by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

The proposal could set in motion pension and pay rollbacks for the remainder of the county's 3,400 workers, including unionized and unrepresented workers, managers and elected officials.

But action by the Board of Supervisors depends on the deal's approval by members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, the county's largest bargaining group, representing mostly lower-paid line staff.

Final results of an SEIU election that started this Tuesday will not be known until Monday night, hours before the supervisors' next meeting. Sources say approval is far from certain.

The tentative contract is the first for the county's 11 bargaining groups to include both county-proposed and state-mandated changes to pensions, revisions that affect current and future employees.

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