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Public Employees Loud in Criticism of Pension Overhaul by Democratic Allies

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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Although lawmakers rejected some of the governor’s harshest pension changes, public employee unions on Tuesday denounced the proposed plan and said they would consider going to voters or the courts to overturn some elements.

The proposal bypasses collective bargaining and represents the biggest rollback in public pensions in the history of California, according to Dave Low, chairman of Californians for Retirement Security, a coalition representing 1.5 million public employees and retirees.

“We are outraged that a Democratic Governor and Democratic Legislature are taking a wrecking ball to retirement security for teachers, firefighters, school employees, and police officers,” Low said in a statement. “While we support common-sense changes to end spiking and abuse of the system, this package is unfair and wrong.”

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