LABOR LOBBYISTS MEETING
Monday, January 30, 2012
1:00 p.m., 100 South Swan St, Albany
Frank Mauro will give a briefing on the Governor’s Budget
Issue of the Week
TIER 6 IS UNFAIRPublic employee retirement benefits have been reduced under the new pension tier enacted in 2010, Tier 5. The Tier 5 reforms will save New York taxpayers $35 billion over the next 30 yrs.State employees have negotiated new contracts that include wage freezes, pay lags, dramatic increases in health care premiums, unpaid furloughs and other wage and benefit reductions, saving millions in tax dollars.Local government and school district employees have taken the same freezes and reductions as their State employee counterparts to reduce local taxes; many even voluntarily opened up their contracts to agree to these cutbacks in an effort to avoid layoffs.Despite these sacrifices, thousands of public employees including teachers, nurses, police officers and fire fighters across the state are standing in the same unemployment line as private sector workers.
Keep An Eye On
MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
New York State AFL-CIO Pension Task Force Meeting, 3:00 p.m., 100 South Swan Street, Albany, NY.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012
Corporate Tax Reform Workshop sponsored by Fiscal Policy Institute and New Yorkers for Fiscal Fairness at the NYS AFL-CIO, 12:00-1:30 p.m., 100 South Swan Street, Albany. If interested in attending e-mail your name and contact info to firstname.lastname@example.org.