The people that heal our sick, teach our children and protect our families and communities are under attack. Public employees like nurses, firefighters and teachers are essential to the well-being and safety of our families and communities. Yet they’re being used as scapegoats to divert attention from record corporate profits and renewed Wall Street bonuses.
Though often ignored by the media, public employee unions have made concessions in recent years and proposed many cost saving ideas to solve the financial challenges facing our communities. The attack on public employees has used misinformation, deception and distortion.
Recent articles and studies are getting the facts out. In “The Shameful Attack on Public Employees” by Robert Reich, Reich lays to rest the misperception that most public employees have generous pensions that burden taxpayers. A study by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) called Debunking the Myth of the Overcompensated Public Employee falsifies the claims that public employees are overpaid and that their unions and collective bargaining have produced an over-compensated workforce. Contrary to these assertions they find that public employees may be slightly undercompensated when controlling for variables such as level of education and experience.
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