March 11, 2011
By John T. Ahern, President, New York City Central Labor Council
Comptroller Liu’s initiative goes to the very heart and soul of organized labor in the City of New York. Unions represent the pathway to the middle class upon which our economy is based and his proposal to protect the retirement security of public employees embraces that simple truth.
“Retirement Security NYC” is a sane, rational and nonpartisan approach to the issue of protecting the city’s economy while making good on the promise made to every public employee who has worked on behalf of the taxpayer. The Comptroller should be congratulated for taking the rhetoric out of this issue and creating a structure that allows for a responsible approach to finding appropriate solutions.