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Mayor announces retirement reform for city employees

8:48 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown announced Tuesday a new tentative agreement with the AFSCME union for city employees.

City employees with AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) hired after October 1 will have their retirement benefits modified.

Under the agreement, current employees will contribute more money but retain their current benefits.

"Our general employees perform important work for our community," said Mayor Brown. "Working together with AFSCME, we have achieved retirement reform that will help ensure financial sustainability for both taxpayers and employees."

Brown said if all four unions -- including AFSCME, the Communications Workers of America, Laborers International Union of North America and the Jacksonville Supervisors Association -- would take part in such an agreement, it would save the city $600 million over the next 30 years.

In June 2012, the city and AFSCME reached an agreement on a three-year contract for non-retirement benefits and wages that will save $4 million over the life of the contract.

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