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- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Did I just hear Emily Harris say that public employees "don't pay anything towards their health benefits and pensions"?
It is exasperating to hear the perpetuation of anti-union rhetoric on TOL. Health benefits and pensions are part of our negotiated PAY.
I was recently asked by my union how I wanted to prioritize part of my compensation for my job : on wages, health insurance, or penions. It is not an "extra"!
I feel lucky to have the choice to divert some of my wages into a group health insurance plan, etc. Why are we not talking more about giving these group health and retirement options to ALL of our citizens, not be taking then away!
I get paid SIGNIFICANTLY less now than what I earned in the private sector. I left to serve the public, and agreed to less pay in exchange for these "benefits."
An op-ed blog on Forbes better explains how benefits work than I can: http://blogs.forbes.com/rickungar/2011/02/25/the-wisconsin-lie-exposed-taxpayers-actually-contribute-nothing-to-public-employee-pensions/
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