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by News on September 16, 2011

in Government Employee Unions, Pro Worker Legislation, State and Local, State Legislation

By Matt Murphy/

Public employee unions, forced to play defense on several high-profile pieces of legislation this year, are pushing back again, resisting a Senate pension system overhaul that labor officials say unfairly punishes future employees.

A coalition of 21 state unions, including the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association, wrote a letter to members of the Senate this week urging them to reject the pension reform bill, which the Senate plans to debate Thursday afternoon.

The legislation, similar to a bill filed by Gov. Deval Patrick, would increase the minimum retirement age for most public employees from 55 to 60 and make other changes in an attempt to save $5 billion over the next 30 years.

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