New York State United Teachers today praised an appeals court ruling yesterday that will keep private teachers’ pension information.
The case against the state Teacher’s Retirement System was brought by the fiscally conservative Empire Center for New York State Policy after the system in 2011 started to keep the names of pension recipients private.
“This is an important victory for our retired members,” said NYSUT President Richard Iannuzzi in a statement. “We are pleased that New York’s appellate court has recognized that, after decades of dedicated service to their students and school districts, the privacy rights of retired teachers in the New York State Teachers Retirement System should be protected. Too often, some in the media and extreme right-wing groups harass and seek to embarrass NYSUT retirees by wrongly publishing their personal information and pension benefits. We expect this ruling will stop that in its tracks.”
NYSUT executive vice president Andrew Pallotta said the court ruling “affirms teachers and retirees maintain rights to privacy, even as they work diligently on behalf of the public and the children they serve.”