SEIU Statement on Senate Committee Approval of Flawed Pension Bill

HARRISBURG – Following Senate Finance Committee approval of a pension bill that would decimate the retirement security of nurses, teachers, social workers and other public employees, Gabe Morgan, President of the SEIU Pennsylvania State Council and Pennsylvania director of SEIU 32BJ, Neal Bisno, Secretary-Treasurer of the State Council and President of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, and Tom Herman, President of SEIU Local 668, issued the following statement:

“Today, the Senate Republicans continued to play political games with retirement security by ramming a 400-page bill through the legislative process without so much as a public hearing. The Senate rejected Gov. Corbett’s effort to move workers into privatized 401(k)-style plan two years ago – and they should do the same today. This flawed plan won’t fix the pension debt and punishes workers who never missed a payment into the system.

“Further, Senate Bill 1 is unconstitutional. Robbing workers of their retirement breaks a contract that the Commonwealth has with its public servants, as recent court cases in Illinois and Oregon have proved.

“Instead of trying to rush a complicated and convoluted plan, the Senate should stand with working families by restoring our schools, creating good jobs and passing Gov. Wolf’s budget that works for working families.”

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