The state AFL-CIO is launching a statewide radio ad in opposition to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for a new, less generous pension tier.
The ad is the latest by unions to knock the state budget and like the other ones doesn’t mention the popular governor by name — even though the Tier VI proposal is Cuomo’s idea. Cuomo does, after all, have a 74 percent favorability rating.
Sixty-nine percent said in a Siena poll yesterday that they support Cuomo’s push to create a new, less generous pension tier for new state workers.
“Since the economic recession began, middle class New Yorkers have suffered,” said Mario Cilento, president of the NYS AFL-CIO, in a statement. “Wage freezes, layoffs, and givebacks have been all too common. Now, the retirement security of workers is threatened by an ill-conceived Tier 6 proposal.”
The ad is running across the state and calls on workers to call the governor’s office or their state lawmakers. The number listed is the AFL-CIO action line — 1-877-255-9417 — which puts people in contact with the governor’s office or the legislative office’s switchboard.
Here’s the script and ad:
What’s happening to the middle class?
Income for average families is down. Jobs are scarce. Opportunities working people thought they could count on no longer exist. For many New Yorkers, times are tough. And they could get even tougher.
Because some politicians are putting the retirement security of hard-working New Yorkers on the chopping block.
But going after the pensions of firefighters, teachers, nurses, school bus drivers, police officers – the people we all depend on — is the wrong way to go. It’s time to rebuild the middle class, not attack what’s left of it.
Working New Yorkers have been the backbone of our success for generations. When they suffer, we all pay the price. Call Albany at 1-877-255-9417. Tell them to fight for the middle class and STOP the attack on our pensions.