Each week, LA Progressive’s editors pick what they regard as a particularly insightful comment from one of our readers, both to draw attention to one particular reader’s thoughts and to encourage more readers to weigh in with their opinions. This week’s pithy "Feedback Friday" response comes from Dusty Stewart, who commented on the article by Joe Mathews, ""Why California's Pensions Only Deepen Inequality"
This article is a lacking from start to finish and just repeats propaganda put out by the folks who like to get the work product of state workers but don’t want to live up to commitments made after good faith bargaining by unions resulting in contracts to be honored by the state. The author’s lead big statement shows that he and others don’t understand the commitment. When you are hired, as I was by a covered employer, I made a commitment to work for the state in education at a lower pay than I, with very good computer skills, might have received in the “private sector”. Part of the reason I accepted this government employment was that when I retired I would be able to get by in my old age. Should I be penalized at retirement in spite of the work I did that helped educate our young people? For others it could be law enforcement, DMV, and many work professions.
Part of the reason I accepted this government employment was that when I retired I would be able to get by in my old age.
Here is the quote, “The California Rule is the misleading moniker we’ve given to our state’s most troublesome legal precedent: that public employees are entitled to whatever pension benefits were in place when they started work.”
You don’t get a pension for working one day or anything else. You get the pension you earned in your time as a public employee and that you have paid for with a deduction from your pay into the pension fund for your working life. Yes, the employer also pays in but that is only fair and just. FYI I am a PERS pensioner after working many years and I am not getting rich in my old age nor taking advantage of anyone.
Where are the comments about high paid executives of corporations that get millions in bonuses upon retirement compared to an average PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) benefit of somewhere around $2200 per month after years of work? My pay for the work I did in education was more than this retirement amount of about $2200 per month (I get less than the average benefit.) and I never received even one million dollars as a gift upon retirement — how are we workers taking advantage of anyone? How about the fact that elected or appointed governmental officials like a Supreme Court Justice get much more than the average working person public employee?
I often find Joe Mathews to be a thoughtful read but not this time.