The union is strongly opposed to Governor Cuomo's pension reform plans--during the demonstration, it ran a radio ad that said politicians are trying to "stick it" to working people instead of making Wall Street and big corporations pay their fair share.
The legislators offered support to the workers--but remained neutral on the pension plan issue. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.
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Senate Deputy Majority Leader Tom Libous told union members the Senate wants to crack down on pension abuse, but he did not mention Governor Cuomo’s plan for a new pension tier with reduced benefits and the option of a 401k style plan. Afterward, Senator Libous would not commit to the governor’s proposal, other than to say further discussions are necessary .
“It needs a lot of work,” said Libous.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who also spoke, says details of pension reform must first be settled between Cuomo and the unions. The governor wants the legislature to approve pension reform as part of the new state budget, which is due at the end of the month.