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February 1, 2013

State union leaders vow court fight if pensions cut

HARRISBURG —

Leaders of the two largest public-employee unions in Pennsylvania are vowing a court fight if Gov. Tom Corbett and lawmakers cut future benefits for current state and school employees.

Mike Crossey of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and David Fillman of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said Friday that case law makes it clear that any reduction in benefits for current workers violates the state constitution.

Corbett says he might seek to cut benefits not yet earned by employees and redesign pension benefits for new employees. It's an attempt to achieve savings in the budget Corbett's slated to unveil Tuesday.

The union leaders held a news briefing to underscore their argument that overhauling pensions will not result in substantial savings.

 

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