Myths Busted: Facts (and Fictions) About Public Service Workers

Public service workers are under attack. Some politicians are using teachers, public safety professionals, firefighters, and service providers as scapegoats to score political points. We’re standing up to tell the truth about public service.

Feel like a political football?

This fall, public service workers have been used like a political football.

Some candidates are willing to toss public service workers around — and threaten our jobs, our healthcare, our pensions and the services we provide — if they think it will help them score points.

Take Tom Foley’s campaign for Governor, for example.

Foley suggested voiding union contracts. He said: “Declaring a fiscal emergency allows a governor to no longer be bound by the union contracts.” Really.

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Who do you trust to make healthcare affordable?

Insurance companies continue to post record profit — but some politicians have the gall to suggest that it’s public service workers (not big insurance CEOs) who are making the health care system expensive.

Candidate for governor Tom Foley even claims that he can lower the cost of healthcare by 15%. Sound too good to be true? It is.

There’s no doubt, healthcare is too expensive. But let’s be clear: it’s public service workers who have supported real plans to lower costs. Tom Foley’s only plan is to reduce coverage.

But Tom Foley has a bigger megaphone than we do — that’s why we need you: spread the real truth about how to lower healthcare costs.

Click here to share the truth.

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A fleet of golden parachutes? Myth Busted.

Here’s another myth you might have heard before: public service workers get enormous pensions, and it’s bankrupting the state.

If you guessed that this one’s false too, you’re right again. But this myth is especially dangerous, because lame-duck Governor Rell is using it to push a package of destructive changes to public service workers’ pensions, including switching to a risky 401k-style plan.

So let’s break down this dangerous fairytale. There’s a lot to know, so buckle up. Here are the three big myths.

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Cecilia Lynch

“I’ve always liked watching kids grow up,” reflects Cecilia Lynch, who has spent nearly nine years working for the state as a Youth Service Officer at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS) in Middletown. CJTS is the state’s only secure facility for nearly 200 adjudicated boys aged 12-17.

Lynch is a member of AFSCME 2663 and sits on the union executive board and helps represent the 200 AFSCME members who work at CJTS, which has a school, medical facilities, a basketball court and a cafeteria – all part of a plan to create a sense of community for the boys.

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