Fight back Friday! (rolling back retirement security)

The Tier 6 pension reform proposed by the executive budget is bad news for all New Yorkers, wherever they work.

“This is about all workers and the security provided by defined-benefit pensions,” New York State AFL-CIO President Mario Cilento sums it up. “Government should set an example for what we aspire to be, not what we fear we may become. Far too many have already learned the hard way that a 401(k) is not enough.”

The labor federation launched a campaign this week. Follow this link to a full array of information about the truth of our state’s pension systems, various fliers featuring real people, articles and editorials.

Voicemails will fill up quickly, but until they do, you can try calling over the weekend. (877) 255-9417. Press 1 for the governor’s office.  Press 2 gets you to the state operator. Press 3 will get you to the Assembly operator. It will help to know who your lawmaker is, if you don’t already.

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  1. Gail Richmond February 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm #

    I have 2 questions: #1: Will NYS politicians be taking the same pension plan as my daughter, a college student in education, will be receiving under the proposed Tier VI plan and… #2: Is NYS ready to have 65-year-old teachers in the classroom (Districts are ready to push 55-year-olds out the door!)? Will they be ready to pick up the increased costs of health-related issues, both in terms of insurance and absenteeism that an aging faculty will present?

    • Betsy Sandberg February 13, 2012 at 9:18 am #

      Very good questions Gail. I would suggest all members ask these questions of their lawmakers.

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