CSEA suspending all political support over new pension plan

Monday, March 19, 2012
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— A traditionally powerful public employees union is cutting off its political support following last week's agreement to create a new, less lucrative pension for future state and local government workers.

The Civil Service Employees Association says today it will suspend its campaign contributions and political endorsements as it seeks to re-evaluate its political relationships and consult with other unions.

The deal is expected to save state and local taxpayers $80 billion over 30 years and avoid possible insolvency for some local governments.

The CSEA has long been a major force in state politics and has been close to the Assembly Democratic and Senate Republican majorities.

CSEA President Danny Donohue says the Legislature struck the deal with Gov. Andrew Cuomo out of political expediency rather than sound policy.

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March 19, 2012
1:34 p.m.
safny says...

How about lowering the dues and those salaries at the union? They do fine regardless of how the rest of us are doing.

March 19, 2012
3:50 p.m.
paulj says...

Why should government employees receive more than the average of the private sector? The same for other benefits?

March 19, 2012
3:53 p.m.
Ahmjrcpa1 says...

Unions buy benefits from the Legislature with so-called "contributions" Maybe another word would be a more accurate description

March 19, 2012
5:27 p.m.
wmarincic says...

Outlaw unions

March 20, 2012
9:25 a.m.
Woodrow says...

Great! What a crime it is to use union dues for political purposes anyway. I trust CSEA will be returning dues to the members.

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