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Actually, the whole thing is an abomination. Public service employees should be barred from "unionizing" period. In fact, unions in the US are literally dinosaurs. In the 1900's, especially early years, unions served many purposes for pay, benefits, safety, and pensions. But, the nanny state, locally, at state and Federal levels, now duplicates ... or has become the primary source for what unions once did. OSHA, Labor Departments, et cetera, provide workers and citizens with "protections."
Closer to home, pensions for the fire department and police departments, in fact all public pensions, should become "defined contribution" and move away from "defined benefit" -- we just can't afford bloated pensions with people retiring at 45 and living to 85. The city could do a generous match program on a 401K-like plan.
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