SEIU Produces “Public Employee Pensions’ Fact Check” Sheet

FACT CHECK: Are taxpayers the ones who foot the bill for public workers’ pensions?

In a word, no. The modest amount the average public worker takes home is covered largely through investment returns–not the emptying of taxpayers’ pockets. Public employees themselves contribute an average of 40 percent of non-investment contributions to their own retirement. (See Pew Report, page 10)