, Salem, MA


September 28, 2012

Time to retire sick leave buyback


Even the way the payments are handled is inequitable, since retiring workers get their buyback at their current rate of pay, even if it was earned at a lower rate.

It’s true that unions have been asked to make sacrifices in the past few years, particularly in the area of health care. But it’s also true that their benefits were more generous than those in the private sector, and they still have benefits, such as defined pension plans, that are disappearing for other workers.

In the long run, sick leave buyback is the kind of benefit that fuels taxpayer resentment, a holdover from a different era.

There are plenty of other ways to ensure that public employees are fairly compensated and can retire with dignity. This perk is one that deserves to fall by the wayside.

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