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Oakland Teacher Predicts ‘Civil Unrest’ Over California Gov. Brown’s Meager Pension Reform

amoncrief Wrote: Sep 14, 2012 12:48 PM
WHY HAVE PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY NOT SUPPORTED THE BREACH OF FULLY-VESTED PENSION CONTRACTS LIKE COLORADO PUBLIC SECTOR UNIONS DID IN 2010 ON COLORADO BILL SB 10-001? PROOF THAT COLORADO’S GOVERNMENT LIES: COLORADO PERA’S ATTEMPT TO TAKE CONTRACTED RETIREE BENEFITS. When I was young I held the belief that public service in the United States is honorable, that the United States of America was exceptional in the world, that governments in the United States, while flawed, deserved the respect of citizens. Now that I am old, I see that I was naive . . . that governmental entities in the United States will intentionally deceive to achieve their goals, and that over two centuries our soldiers have died for a country that will
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a pension reform bill Wednesday which, among other things, increases the retirement age for future public employees, limits post-retirement employment for all employees and ends the purchasing of additional service credit time for all employees, according to California Federation of Teachers Legislative Representative Dolores Sanchez.

The changes are probably necessary, given the fact that the state’s pension system is on the brink of insolvency. But the reforms are not sitting well with union activists.

Oakland teacher Ana Turetsky predicts “civil unrest” lies ahead, due to the pension changes:

“This...