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Sunday, November 17, 2013 – 08:45 a.m.

A San Bernardino County employee union has won another legal battle with San Bernardino County.

This time it’s over forced retirement system contributions.

Back on April 16, 2013, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors imposed contract terms on members of the San Bernardin County Public Attorneys Association. The union which represents Deputy District Attorneys, Deputy Public Defenders and Child Support Attorneys.

In 2012, the union and county entered a contract impasse and followed prescribed mediation/arbitration requirements to no avail.

Ultimately county supervisors forced wage and benefit concessions.

Well it appears that one of those concessions has been deemed illegal, and ordered reversed.

Last Tuesday, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge David Cohn granted a request, by the union, for a Writ of Mandate ordering the county to rescind the requirement that the union’s members pay a seven-percent retirement contribution previously paid by the county.

The multi-million dollar ruling is a blow to county efforts to reign in employee costs.

But, knowing San Bernardino County, they’ll likely blow more money appealing the ruling. As they do with every other decision they lose.

The attorney’s union has had its share of legal battles, with the county, and they’ve usually won.

This time will probably be no different.