All of the city of San Diego’s labor groups have signed off on the major retiree health care pact after the police union agreed today to a tentative deal. From the Union-Tribune:

Police officers would receive the same deal as other city workers. In addition, an adverse court ruling on retiree health care stemming from a police board member’s lawsuit wouldn’t be appealed under the new agreement signed Friday.

The deal solidifies future health care allowances for 7,440 current employees but also lowers the benefit’s value and requires some workers to contribute to the benefit from their paychecks, as much as $1,200 annually. Mayor Jerry Sanders said the changes would shave $714 million off the $2.5 billion in taxpayer money expected to be spent on retiree health care over the next 25 years.

Police officers were the last group to agree to the pact because an officer-initiated lawsuit filed over the benefit complicated the union’s legal status.

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