UC task force named to advise on 2016 retirement benefits
President Napolitano has appointed a systemwide task force of UC faculty, staff and administrators to help develop a new set of retirement benefits options for UC to offer future employees hired on or after July 1, 2016. The task force will meet today for the first time and is expected to deliver its recommendations to the president by early 2016.
New retirement benefits options are being developed as a result of the budget agreement between UC and state leaders, which includes nearly $500 million to help pay down UC’s unfunded pension liability. In exchange for this pension funding, Gov. Brown and the Legislature are requiring UC to align pension-eligible pay for future employees with that of state employees. As President Napolitano noted in a recent letter to the UC community about the budget agreement, the new retirement benefits only apply to future UC employees — retirement benefits for current employees and retirees are not affected.
President Napolitano has stressed to task force members that their recommendations must meet two important criteria:
- That UC retirement benefits continue to be competitive in the context of total employee compensation;
- And that the UC Retirement Plan remains financially sustainable.
- Rachael Nava, chair of the task force, executive vice president and chief operating officer, University of California
- James Chalfant, professor of agricultural and resource economics, UC Davis
- Lori Lubin, professor of physics, UC Davis
- David Lawlor, vice chancellor and chief financial officer, UC Davis
- Shane White, professor, UCLA School of Dentistry
- Dan Hare, professor of entomology, UC Riverside; incoming chair of the UC Academic Senate
- Deidre Acker, systemwide UC Staff Advisor and ombudsperson, UC Merced
- Maria Anguiano, vice chancellor for planning and budget, UC Riverside
- Greta Carl-Halle, chair of the Council of UC Staff Assemblies and business officer, UC Santa Barbara
- David Marshall, executive vice chancellor, UC Santa Barbara
- Pierre Ouillet, vice chancellor and chief financial officer, UC San Diego
- David Odato, associate vice chancellor and chief administrative officer, UC San Francisco Medical Center
The design of the new retirement benefits options will be informed and guided by input from members of the UC community, including UC regents, faculty, staff, union leaders and other stakeholders. As with previous pension reforms, retirement benefit changes for union-represented employees will be subject to collective bargaining, and union leaders will help determine choices for their future members.
The problem here is that the UC prez's deal with the governor (but not with the legislature) is a fait accompli. As pointed out in prior posts, the legislature has not acknowledged any commitment beyond one year to contributing to the UC pension. Indeed, it officially takes the position that it has no real commitment at all unlike its obligation to CSU's CalPERS-based pension plan.
- Can the taskforce address the problem of lack of legislative commitment?
- Can it prevent UCRP from eventually becoming an orphan plan?
- Can it make whatever it comes up with contingent on what happens with regard to the pending pension ballot initiative?
At this point, what exactly has the UC prez given the task force to work with? Seems like not a lot: