Wegmans is totally in the wrong here; they need to make good-faith effort to maintain the guaranteed pension plan. This time, the union is dead-on right.
For the person who asked if the pension is guaranteed, the answer is Yes. If the pension fund defaults, it's federally insured by the government. If that happened, the government would take control of the fund and everyone would receive 50% of what they are supposed to get up to a certain amount.
The problem is, Chi, that the pro-life sentiment seems to fade away after birth. Where is the moral outrage that children in this country die of perfectly preventable illnesses because their parents cannot afford healthcare? With many of these movements relating to the Catholic church—how pro-life is an organization that protects known child abusers? Would these same protestors stand outside a prison and protest the death penalty? In my experience, not many of them would.
These protestors aren't pro-life, they're anti-women.
What George Carlin did that Mother Teresa didn't was point out the hypocrisy of these myopic groups. When these groups spend as much time protesting poverty and the widening gap between the have and the have nots—maybe they'll have the merit to invoke Mother Teresa.
Anyone who thinks casinos are a good idea should volunteer to pay more in taxes. It is insane to believe that an activity based on addiction is a good thing for the economy. Casinos, like fracking, show just how desperate our society is to make things happen...at any cost.
I have no interest in casinos. I don't find gambling fun, and I hate how they are designed to get you lost in the maze of slots. But honestly, how much would it hurt to put one down by High Falls?
"Richards has said that he is opposed to a casino in downtown Rochester for the kind of statement it would make about the character of the area.
"I don't know that putting a casino in the middle of downtown is necessarily what my vision of downtown is," he said."
What is his vision of downtown? Does it have any character? To me, downtown is just a bunch of tall buildings with empty streets on the weekends. I live in the Park Ave area, and rarely find myself downtown (besides Jazz Fest and hockey games) since I don't work there. I eat in the South Wedge, hang out on Monroe, go to the market, but downtown is just never on my radar as somewhere to go.
Downtown, especially near Kodak, is pretty desolate, at least a casino would be something there. It would be better than losing yet another business to Henrietta.
I prefer Mother Teresa (over George Carlin)- she called abortion "the greatest threat to peace in the world,"- she was a perfect model of the pro-life mission: reverence for all human life- from conception to natural death.
A desire to end the violence of abortion does not mean a hatred for all other humanity- it is a mission of inclusiveness- to expand human rights to the entire spectrum of human life.
Hey, these pro-Fracker people really do want their cake and eat it to: Frack for more fossil fuels in a time of Climate Change but no taxes on these industries that the state has to monitor and clean up after.
What’s odd about the rage against Big Government is that the very folks who continually rail against more government regulations and taxing are exactly the folks who will insure the need for Big Government. Free market fundamentalism that treats our environment as an externality (garbage dump and magical resource provider) and sucks public monies from our transportation system that allows their industries to function will force government to be larger and more intrusive to fix the damage from their rapacious practices.
Haven’t seen a single industry yet willing to take on Brownfields, which industry has left ‘we the people’ to clean up.
The workers standing together under the Teamsters banner are admirable, and hopefully when they return to the drawing board on Friday, Wegmans can bring a reasonable offer to the table. I support our local laborers, not our local corporations.
Based on the very little information about the two plans in this article, it's totally impossible to conclude which one is better or offers more security. If a neutral accountant with no ax to grind either way would scrutinize the details of each plan and give a conclusion as to which was better and more secure, I would believe that. Otherwise, who can know which is better?
"guaranteed lifetime pensions"
guaranteed how? If you have more people drawing out then putting in where is the difference coming from? It isn't explained in this article and that seems to be the crux of the matter. Can that teamster plan actually be guaranteed to pay out forever? A defined benefit plan vs. a defined contribution plan are much different plans.
I support the organized workers of Wegmans for sticking to their guns on this one. Wegmans is trying to leverage local esteem for its brand in order to replace guaranteed lifetime pensions with a much weaker fund that could dry up - especially given the longer lifespans of the modern worker. If Wegmans refuses to respect the plan that has been in place ever since Local 118 began protecting their workers, the Teamsters should call a strike - and conscientious Rochesterians should shop at (unionized) Tops Friendly Markets until such time as Wegmans respects its workers. Danny Wegman cannot throw money at this problem and make it go away. And I certainly won't be crossing the picket line if he thinks he can.
Cuomo isn’t doing anything to end corruption in government. In fact, he’s a perfect example of the problem, doing everything he can to benefit from the proposed referendum:
6/24/13: Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have quietly deleted a proposed ban on accepting campaign contributions from casino operators
9/30/13: Gov. Andrew Cuomo accused of manipulation of the ballot amendment wording on the casino gambling referendum
10/2/13: A state judge next week will hear arguments in a lawsuit that contends the state has illegally expended funds promoting a casino expansion plan that the Cuomo administration is asking voters to approve next month in a statewide referendum
10/8/13: Gov. Andrew Cuomo collected more than $361,000 and the Legislature has raked in over $1 million from gambling interests leading up to the Nov. 5 referendum
The voters should send Cuomo a message and vote NO on the casino referendum.
Ask Kodak retirees how good a pension plan is. I'll bet most of them wish they'd had more of their retirement money in a 401(k) or IRA type plan.
I think Carlin said it best.
"Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren't they? They're all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you're born, you're on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don't want to know about you. They don't want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you're preborn, you're fine; if you're preschool, you're f***ed. "
'Town Board member Bill Mulligan says that the dual permits are meant to keep the food trucks and carts from "bouncing around" the town.'
Good idea, make sure the mobile food vehicles don't move.
It doesn't seem like it's particularly effective when most high schoolers in Rochester end up in state's prison rather than college or gainful employment. Most of them likely started with offenses being heard in Youth Court. If they were in Juvy court, many of them would be scared straight. What a waste of money.
Pai-yow! In your face haters! That's spelled H-E-N-R-I-E-T-T-A when you other towns adopt our standards.
Slavery was not the fault of the United States - it was inherited from the British who allowed slavery in their American colonies. The US fought the civil war to finally end slavery at great human cost. Time to stop the blame.
And this is considered news? Take a look around, there are more important things happening that deserve news coverage.
How can any complaints against these protesters be taken seriously?
Planned Parenthood must regularly dispose of body parts- like the tiny hand the protesters are showing.
Why take issue with the image, but not with what is proves?
Planned Parenthood kills and dismembers tiny human bodies, that is a fact.
Following a surgical abortion, clinic workers gather the remains of the baby and measure the size of his or her feet, in order to document gestational age.
City is concerned with preserving the right of PP to dismember tiny human bodies for profit. They are concerned with the fears of bad drivers, who may have to look twice in order not to hit people on a sidewalk. They are concerned with protecting people from knowing what they are about to do before they do it.
City is questioning the first amendment rights of citizens with whom they disagree with politically.
This has become a routine with City- avoiding the discussion of what abortion really is.
If you don't like seeing images of the violence abortion causes, then take issue with what abortion is.
If you want to defend the violence of abortion, of its perpetrators and profiteers like Planned Parenthood, then do it openly. Defend the image of the severed hand! Defend those who make money cutting it off!
Every complaint of this article pales in comparison to the truth of what these protesters are showing. Don't move next to a Planned Parenthood, if you don't want to know what they do.
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