Notwithstanding any other provision of this Charter, any member of the Retirement System who is on leave of absence and serving on a full time basis as an employee representative for a recognized employee organization and representing City and County employees, shall have the right to make contributions and obtain service credit with the Retirement System subject to the terms of this section.
For purposes of this section, compensation shall mean the remuneration paid in cash, as it may change from time to time, attached to the rank or position held by the member while on leave. For members whose pay hours are established by the choice of assignment, shift, or run based on seniority, compensations shall mean an amount computed by applying the current wage rate for such members as it may change from time to time, to the hours in the assignment, shift, or run held by the member immediately prior to the commencement of his or her leave.
There shall be no cost to the City and County for representative service. The member shall be responsible for transmittal of all contributions which would ordinarily be paid by the member and the City and County. No service credit will be allowed unless and until all contributions are received by the Retirement System. The organization may agree to pay the employer contributions which would ordinarily be paid by the City and County. The member shall pay the member contributions. If the organization does not pay the employer contributions the member must pay those contributions in order to obtain representative service credit.
A member may receive credit for representative service prior to January 1, 1988, pursuant to the preceding paragraph, when agreed by the member and the organization.
The retirement board shall have the authority to establish procedures to calculate compensation and collect contributions plus interest for representative service. The calculation of compensation herein shall also be used in determining the average final compensation in computing the member’s retirement allowance.
This section shall be effective January 1, 1988. This section shall not apply to Retirement System members or their successors in interest who retired or terminated prior to January 1, 1988. This section shall not apply to representative service prior to a member’s effective date of membership with the Retirement System.
At the request of any City employee, who is a member of the State of California Public Employees’ Retirement System and who takes a leave of absence to serve on a full time basis as an employee representative for a recognized employee organization representing City and County employees, the City shall, subject to the statutes and regulations of the Public Employees’ Retirement System, submit to the Board of Administration of the Public Employees’ Retirement System proposed amendments to the contract between the City and County and that Retirement System to allow such person to make contributions and obtain service credit during the leave of absence.
The duty to submit proposed contract amendments shall be limited to amendments which shall not provide for or allow any cost to the City and County.