Firefighters launch TV ad slamming lawmakers over pensionby Dara Kam | March 11th, 2011
Firefighters rescuing politicians out to give them a pay cut?
That’s part of the message in a TV ad running in the Tallahassee market launched this week by the Florida Professional Firefighters association.
“We’re fighting back – just like we fight to protect you,” a basso announcer says as firefighters combat blazes and rescue car crash victims.
The firefighters are among the unions fighting Gov. Rick Scott’s proposal that they contribute 5% of their salaries towards their retirement. That would split their pensions costs with state and local governments that now pay 100% of workers’ pensions.
A Senate committee approved a watered-down pension-reform measure yesterday. Workers who earn less than $40,000 would not have to pay anything toward their retirement; workers whose salaries top $40,000 would pay 2 percent of their paychecks up to $75,000, when the contribution rate would jump to 4 percent.