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Letter: Can we end public pensions in 2018?

To the Editor:

As of today, 24 percent of all workers are in a pension plan.

Almost 100 percent of them are government workers.

Years ago, both private and public jobs provided pensions to their workers. Eventually, the private sector realized pensions could not be sustained and ended the practice.

They have since moved workers to 401(k) packages.

While pensions are great for those that have it, it is terrible for those that have to pay for it. Which is why the private sector ended the practice.

My hope is that in 2018, cities, townships, counties, states and unions will accept the fact that pensions are completely unsustainable and begin ending the practice for new workers.

Unions will be absolutely against this idea, but when contracts come up for negotiations, figure out what else you would want. Which local union will step up and think outside of the box?

Our local politicians won’t even talk about it, but they all know it has to happen.

Be a hero.

Unions, do you want to endear yourself to the public?

Be open to new workers being enrolled in 401(k)s. Think about the positive media you will get around the state.

Be a hero. Give taxpayers a real reason to be pro-union. Happy New Year.

David Talarico


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