Federal bankruptcy Judge Michael McManus last week last week ruled that Vallejo employee unions cannot represent retirees in the city’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy case.

The Vallejo Police Officers Association, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2376, and the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1186 had asked the judge for permission to represent retirees, who are the San Francisco Bay Area city’s largest group of unsecured creditors with more than $135 million in claims for retiree health benefits. Vallejo opposed the union’s request.

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