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A constitutional amendment that states you can not be made to pay into your own pension. Could someone tell me where that is buried in the Constitution?

The Florida Education Association on Monday filed a class action lawsuit against Gov. Rick Scott (R-FL) and several administrators with oversight over a state retirement fund, alleging that they violated teachers' existing contracts with an "unconstitutional" 3% pay cut imposed by the recently-passed budget.

In the suit, the FEA claims that the state made backdoor cuts to teachers' salaries in the new budget by forcing them to begin paying 3% of their earnings into a retirement fund as a way to reduce the government's obligation to pay into that pool. The suit argues that the change reneges on promises made in the current contracts, and is therefore illegal.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/06/florida_teachers_union_sues_gov_scott_over_budget.php

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 4:23 PM on Jun. 20, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Because that 3% was part of a legally binding agreement the state made with the people in that union.
    UpSheRises

    Answer by UpSheRises at 4:26 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Is that a matching contribution?
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 4:33 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Because that 3% was part of a legally binding agreement the state made with the people in that union.

    It was not a pay cut.
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 4:40 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • They have to pay in to retirement like the rest of us that is just terrible.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:01 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • I am all for honoring contracts. HOWEVER, many of these contracts are unrealistic. How is the state supposed to pay for something when there is no money? Should they raise property taxes to make up the shortfall? Maybe they should just take the money from some other place in the school budget like they did here...50 kids to the classroom, no sports, no new books, no music/arts...
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:54 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Oh and I am all for people helping to pay into their own retirement funds. They should be thankful they have pensions.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:59 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • Collective Agreements are normally legally binding on both parties for the duration of the contract . Maybe they aren't in Florida so teachers and the Stste Govt. can do what they like .

    Maybe it is in a Florida Constitution Carpy .
    janet116

    Answer by janet116 at 10:59 PM on Jun. 20, 2011

  • I don't believe there is that provision buried in the Constitution.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 1:08 PM on Jun. 21, 2011

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