Call (877) 255-9417 now

That’s the state AFL-CIO’s hotline. You can even call after business hours like I just did (until the mail box gets full.)

Press 1 for the governor’s office.  Press 2 gets you to the state operator. Press 3 will get you to the Assembly operator.

Be  prepared to know who your Senator or Assemblymember is as it’s much easier for the operator to connect you. Here’s a handy NYSUT link in case you’re not sure (with all this talk of redistricting) who your lawmaker is.

Whether you speak to a staffer or leave a voicemail, just make sure to get your message across. In my case I said “We just adopted Tier 5. Why not give that reform time to save money? Also, from what I’m reading in the newspaper, Tier 6 will cost us money up front. I would much rather see you work on legislation to close the corporate tax loopholes which cost our state millions than going after the pensions of my neighbors. Especially since 76 percent of pensions are less than $30,000 a year.”

In each case, I was able to also say “thank you for listening.”

Here’s a link to see a flier with some of the facts. Here’s a link to hear an ad the New York State AFL-CIO is running. Here’s a link to the press release from the state AFL-CIO.

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2 Comments

  1. Mike Treadwell February 10, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    current teacher employees should be protected from any potential reduction in their earned state pension as a result of any new legislation that is adopted by the state.

  2. t costello February 20, 2012 at 10:11 am #

    i agree everyone who is working today should not be affected by this, all new employees should be aware of the retirement system that is offered. but what i dont undestand is by getting people to work longer and later in life you keep the people at higher salaries and you are lowering the percentage of younger people to get jobs that are at a minium salarys and in todays economic times with cutting budgets to make it work the younger generations will never get jobs

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