OAKLAND -- Alameda County government and court workers staged a noon rally Thursday, protesting what they said were unfair benefits paid to top level managers while they have forfeited raises and live under a constant threat of layoffs.
Marching outside the county administration building, they said they were angry over deferred compensation payments made to politicians and also over expected furloughs and layoffs in Superior Court, which is funded by the state. This newspaper reported Sunday that top Alameda County elected officials and department heads receive as much as $44,000 a year in deferred compensation in addition to generous pension contributions.
Rank and file workers "were horrified" to learn about
"I had no idea they get two free deferred compensation accounts," Dooha said. "We pay for our own deferred compensation through payroll deductions with no matching funds."
Top officials who receive the benefit did not return messages.
Protesters also ripped into court administrators for what they said were furloughs and job losses when top administrators have received raises. The latest cutbacks involve the layoffs of court reporters assigned to civil courtrooms, said Addie Kanae, a court clerk and union official.
Alameda Superior Court spokeswoman Sarah Guenther said officials