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SEIU critical of water lease plan

Published On: Mar 11 2013 02:57:08 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 06 2013 09:28:40 AM EST
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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

The union representing Allentown's water and sewer workers claims Mayor Ed Pawlowski is failing to keep his promise to protect their pensions.

The union is citing a water and sewer lease proposal it claims would eliminate pension protections.

The union says the proposal's wording could make it possible for workers to receive no pension.

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Pawlowski responded with a statement saying the proposal does in fact provide for a fair retirement plan.

He says the agreement would also guarantee every employee a job at their current rate of pay.