Local Union Workers Fight For Repeal Of New Legislation

April 13, 2012 Updated Apr 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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April 13, 2012 Updated Apr 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM EDT

Cheektowaga, N.Y. (WKBW) - Union members said they are outraged at what they are calling a "Dark Deal". That deal is the recent late night passage by Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak, and other legislators, of the Tier Six pension plan.

"The negative effects of Tier Six is that it will create an unfair retirement tier for public employees," Public Employee Federation member Craig Speers said.

Angered workers held a rally and press conference in front of Assemblyman Gabryszak's office Friday.

"I'm angry and I want the repeal of the dark deal. I'm new to this but I'm out here say I'm a middle class worker and I'm getting the shaft because of things they do in the dark," CSEA worker Sharon Ivey said.

They said the protest was to make people aware of what they are calling unfair legislation.

"Tier Six is not pension reform, it's pension deconstruction. It rewards political appointees and legislators of a possible cash-out within their first year of getting into the system. It undermines the current system as we know it because it stops feeding the pension system," Mike Deely with the New York State United Teachers said.

Gabryszak did speak out about the legislation, highlighting why the passage wasn't as dark and dirty as union workers feared.

"There are many times we go from 9 a.m. to 7 the next morning in Albany. We knew what their objection to Tier Six was. Tier 6 as adopted in the budget was different and less harsh than originally thought, and I think better than originally proposed," Assemblyman Gabryszak said.

Union workers said they won't give up, and will continue to fight to have this legislation repealed.