March 6, 2012
Florida Court Upholds Rule of Law, Protects Retirement Benefits
Earned After Lifetime of Hard Work
WASHINGTON— Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the Florida Circuit Court's ruling in favor of the Florida Education Association in its lawsuit over mandatory pension "contribution":
"The ruling is a major victory for working people in Florida and their right to the pension they pay into and rely upon for a modest, but secure, retirement. The Florida Education Association is to be applauded for taking on an important and principled fight to uphold the rule of law and protect retirement benefits earned after a lifetime of hard work teaching our kids, protecting our communities and keeping our families healthy.
"This is a strong rebuke to Gov. Rick Scott and others who see nothing wrong with going after working people and their hard-earned benefits, while offering their wealthy and well-connected friends one sweetheart deal after another. In effect, the ruling made clear that pensions are a legal contract that cannot be broken on a whim to suit the needs of politicians and their extremist agendas."
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.