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Tag: retirement benefits

June
8th

UNIONS: Public should get to vote on retirement contracts

Re: “Public unions meet their ultimate employers: Voters” (editorial, 6-7).

I would suggest that, since voters are indeed the employers of public employees, long-term retirement contracts negotiated between the state and/or local governments and public employee unions be submitted to the voters for approval.

These benefit contracts commit the public to large financial liabilities that last for decades. They involve a significant percentage of public debt. The situation is no different from the public debt incurred for bond issues that routinely are voted up or down by the public. Why not let the voters have their say for the

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