Sacramento Valley Union Labor Bulletin

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Workers protest new attacks on public pensions

Fighting against further attacks on pen- sions, more than 100 firefighters, teachers, police officers, school employees and others protested in April against a proposed ballot initiative that would decimate retirement security for millions of Californians.

ing here today that would be happy to break (pensions). They don’t care about workers and they certainly don’t care about retirees.”

“There is a retirement security crisis in America,” said Dean Murakami, a VP of the California Federation of Teachers and executive board member of the SCLC, speak- ing outside a meeting of proponents of the attack, which is backed by the right-wing Reason Foundation. “We have those meet-

The ballot initiative is spearheaded by former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and former San Diego city council member Carl DeMaio. While details of the plan have not yet been released, the effort is expected to win financial backing of Texas billionaire John Arnold, a former Enron executive, accord- ing to Californians for Retirement Security.

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