The Assault on Public Workers Pension
From Political Science
Department of Political Science, CSU, Chico
Co-Founder, United Public Workers for Action
Political Science Professor Emeritus George Wright presents a rebuttal to the current intensified assault of public worker pensions. The presentation includes: 1) an over view of his methodology; 2) the historical context to the current assault; 3) a rebuttal to the arguments used in the assault; and, 4) conclusions. Professor Wright argues that public worker pensions are not the cause of state and local government budget deficits, but are, instead, a result of a combination of the structural crisis of capitalism manifested in 2008; 40 years of neo-liberal economic policy; and specific political factors at the state level. He also proposes that the offensive is aimed to break public worker unions while making the public sector pay for the financial-economic crisis.
Recorded: February 14, 2011