Alameda Firefighters Association

As part of our mayoral candidate profile a few weeks ago, we wrote that the Alameda Education Association was backing incumbent Marie Gilmore for mayor. The day the piece ran, a teacher who is a member of the union corrected us, saying it never formally endorsed any city candidate.

The City Council will consider approving a plan Tuesday that would establish a trust to supplement newer firefighters’ pension and retiree medical costs.

Workers would fund the supplemental retirement and health plan by paying 3 percent of their salaries into a tax-exempt trust to supplement their existing retiree medical and pension benefits. The new trust will be open to fire department employees hired after June 7, 2011.

Approval of the plan would mark a shift in the way the city handles its employee pension and retiree health benefits while helping to restore benefits newer firefighters lost in a pair of recent contract deals – albeit at the workers’ own cost.

The Alameda Firefighters Association is holding its 14th Annual Halloween Pumpkin Patch from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, October 22 on the west lawn of Franklin Park, 1432 San Antonio Avenue. At the event, which is for children ages 3 to 10 children can receive a free pumpkin while supplies last along with goodies, do crafts and check out fire engines and trucks. Participants must be Alameda residents.