IMO, it's wrong that people who have paid into a program are ineligible to its benefits. OTOH, it's far worse to compel people to pay into a system (Social Security) that is a Ponzi scheme, made legal only because the government has set it up. Social security has been bankrupt for decades.
People who know finance would opt out of social security and happily waive their contributions for the right to do so.
On balance, civil service pensioners are much, much better off.
If the person retiring is getting about 27K a year from their pension fund are they getting social security too? Many seniors I have talked to recently have told me that they get a pension and social security. Educators and it seems by honu's post, police officers too, do not get social security. I keep hearing about many workers getting health benefits paid too. Again we do not. I will have paid into my pension system for 35 years when I retire. I have also worked a second job for many years and I have paid into social security but will not be able to claim it. Don't get me wrong I am thankful for my pension but I too believe their seem to be many misconceptions about the pension system right now. Also I didn't realize that there were so many different formulas for state workers pensions.