Although the New York State Constitution is 50,000 words, only about 50 words of it are crucial to union members, especially public employees. In Article V, Section 7, it reads:
“Membership in any (public) pension or retirement system…shall be a contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.”
Also, Article XVI, Section 5, states:
“All salaries, wages and other compensation, except pensions, paid to officers and employees of the state and its subdivision shall be subject to taxation.”
For union members, it is vital that those words be preserved. They guarantee worker safeguards for us and our families that are now in jeopardy.