Examples In Action

Union Coalition in Southern California CityUnion

This coalition worked with the city to establish an RMT. The trustees, composed of members from all the participating bargaining units, operate the plan and trust. They have set a distinct benefit level for each bargaining unit (general employees, administrative, and public safety), since the amount of contributions to the trust, set at three percent, varies depending upon the salary range of that unit.

There are three monthly benefit levels: $175, $395, and $490, payable after five years of contributions for long-term employees. The trustees intend to implement an annual increase in the benefit level, which will generally apply each year to the new cadre of retirees of that year-so those who contribute longer will receive a higher monthly benefit.