More than a third of the city’s retired firefighters and police officers are drawing disability pensions that cost the retirement system and city taxpayers much more than regular retirement benefits.
While city officials and pension reform advocates agree the city is rightly obligated to provide for workers truly injured on the job who aren’t able to work because of their injuries, critics argue the high percentage of public safety retirees claiming expensive disability pensions clearly indicates abuse of the system.
Seriously, we have been discussing unions for a few days now and how valuable they are and what wonderful things they do for employees. I have spoken to state workers about their pensions and they cringe when they read stories like this. IT’S INSANE!!!!
In Worcester, 38 percent of public safety retirees draw disability pensions compared to 8 percent of other city retirees, according to a Telegram & Gazette analysis of Worcester Retirement Board data obtained under the state Public Records Law. The latter figure does not include teachers, who are covered under a statewide retirement system.
There should be a Federal Grand Jury summoned to find out how these guys are cheating tax payers of their money. And you guys would be pissed and not defend this type of abuse. Do you really thing 38% of public safety workers need to retire with a disability? Really. Remember that every dollar that goes to one of these cheats its a dollar that will not go to…
Worcester Social Services
Off set rising healthcare costs
The costs are staggering…
Of the city’s 449 disability retirees, 169 are projected to receive more than $1 million in pension payments tax free. Disability pensioners range in age from 39 to 100, according to retirement board records.
And yes, it is sucking the life out of the tax payers and businesses that are trying to survive in Worcester. Please don’t cite some case of a Firefighter who fell down a ladder and is paralyzed. I want a person like that to get his pension and be on disability, that’s what this program is for and I support wholeheartedly. It’s the blatant abuse that makes me so ebullient. And the defense of things like that by the likes of union supporters here on BMG. How can it be defended. The only people to win are the “criminal” abusers.
Remember Albert Aroyyo. Yes he was found innocent, but he is stealing money from Boston tax payers every day. He is a shining example as are these Worcester crooks of why people are angry at unions and about why the unionized public employees are destroying the cities/town’s budgets, sometimes forcing them into bankruptcy.
BMG’s silence on these abuses (San Bernadino, Stockton, Scranton…) is very telling. Charge these law breakers but more importantly, change the GD laws/rules to stop the siphoning of tax dollars. How can you defend this?