Statements about Unions
Says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker "slashed" pensions and benefits for public employees.
Says unemployment in Ohio "is significantly higher than the unemployment rate in states which are not forced union states and it’s always been that way."
"If they made no changes whatsoever, the [state employees pension] plan still had enough money to go forward for approximately the next 16 years."
"The job [of correctional officer] lowers your life expectancy . . . Metropolitan did a study in, I believe it was 1998, and the life expectancy was 58."
Rhode Island Treasurer Gina Raimondo "raised the mortality rate from 65 to 87" and "used a 1994 annuity chart" to create the pension crisis.
"Government employees make 43 percent more in wages and benefits" than private-sector workers.
"They talk about this problem with binding arbitration. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me to have somebody from Los Angeles fly into Zanesville and impose a wage settlement on you ... and then they’re on the plane back to Los Angeles."
"This is the first time in our state, and one of the first times in the country, where benefit reductions . . . has happened to people who are retired."
"The city of Columbus would save $41 million a year if employees had to contribute to their own, guaranteed-check pensions."
Says the reforms in state Issue 2 "will save taxpayer dollars"
"We just can’t afford to pay 100 percent of government employee benefits."
"Senate Bill 5 makes it harder for nurses to give the patients the quality care they need."
Says that politicians who approved collective bargaining restrictions for public employees "exploited a loophole exempting themselves from Senate Bill 5."
"We have asked public employees to pay 10 percent of the costs of their guaranteed pension and 15 percent of the cost of their health care. ... The leadership of those public employees unions don't want to pay anything."
"In the past six years alone, changes to the pension formula … have saved over half a billion dollars."
Toledo Mayor "Mike Bell (once) lost his job as a firefighter because his city ran out of money."
Says Oregon state employees received a "catch-up" pay raise in 1981 -- just two years after they agreed not to take a raise in exchange for a retirement benefit.
The Central Falls fire department is "one of the lowest, if not the lowest, paid fire departments in the state and entire region."
Thirty-seven percent of Central Falls’ retired police officers and firefighters are out on disability pensions; in most municipalities, about 5 percent of retirees collect disability pensions.
Says state Rep. Sandy Pasch, her recall opponent, "voted to allow public school employees to use taxpayer dollars to pick up the tab for…Viagra."
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