Deal Reached by San Jose Police, Fire Unions to Fix Measure B Reportedly Nixed by City

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    After squabbling for months and cops leaving in droves, the San Jose police and fire unions finally have a deal with the city to fix Measure B. Or do they? Damian Trujillo reports. (Published Friday, Jun 27, 2014)

    After squabbling for months and cops leaving in droves, the San Jose police and fire unions finally have a deal with the city to fix Measure B.

    Or do they?

    The controversy had the city council calling for an emergency closed session Friday afternoon.

    A letter obtained by NBC Bay Area suggests the San Jose police and fire union presidents reached a deal with the city manager on a fix to the measure, which would have ended litigation on the challenge to the pension reform initiative.

    The letter suggests the city council shot down a presumed deal agreed to by their own negotiator, the city manager.

    Jim Unland, San Jose Police Officers Association president, said the council needs to approve a deal fast because a deal must be reached before the November elections.

    "If we don't get this done now, we have to wait two and a half years to get another crack at it," Unland said. "In two and a half more years, we're going to be past the point of no return with staffing at the police department."