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Letter: Public sector must continue fight

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting

Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a cabinet meeting in the Red Room at the Capitol in Albany. (March 27, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

New York's public sector has taken a critical hit with the passage of the Tier 6 pension plan, which ironically went into effect on April Fools' Day ["Don't buy Cuomo's pension hype," Opinion, March 18]. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and his supporters, in exchange for savings that won't materialize for at least a generation, opted to sacrifice to the gods of Wall Street endless generations of new hires into the ranks of public service workers.

It's a sad day for the labor movement, which fought the good fight to preserve retirement benefits that are a matter of life and death to the majority of public workers. Prior to Tier 6, public employees looked forward to an average annual pension of about $20,000. Now, newly hired public workers will have to contribute more for longer, but receive less.

Keep in mind our enemy: the big-business insiders, like the Committee to Save New York. These people have no idea what it's like to struggle to make ends meet. Public employees are the ones who keep our roads and waterways safe and maintain our schools. Make no mistake: This is an ongoing battle between us and them for our livelihoods and future security. This is not the end of the fight, only the beginning.

Gregory Floyd, Manhattan

Editor's note: The writer is president of Teamsters Local 237.


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