i know my union just took 3 ZEROS for raises so anyone who thinks we dont deserve our pensions we paid for and invested can Pis* up a rope our pension makes billions the state has been trying to dip into it for years! You people had the same opertunities to take the jobs we have we just got off our asses and took a civil service exam and passed some tests and BAM we got a state job, i bet you guys that are complaining are collecting off the system when you should be working....know the facts before you open your mouth!
If it was you and your public sector co-workers that fully funded the pension system then no one would care about it. Most would probably say "good for you". That isn't the case though. The truth is that your contributions play only a small part in the health of the system. It is taxpayer dollars, private sector taxpayer dollars, that ensures the future of that system. In economic times like these when no one including the pension fund is able to make much return on investment, it is the taxpayer who makes up the difference between the projections for what is needed to perpetuate the fund and the actual return on investment.
You need to do a little research about how the pension fund works and how it is funded. Something besides your union newsletter I mean. I guarantee that if you were to do that you would understand why people are disguted. It's not envy. It's the facts that make this situation ridiculous.