At least they are still in the workforce and would have that option. Retirees have already made a major decision to retire based on the expectations and financial sets of circumstances provided by their employers. Now the retirees may or may not be in a position to return to the work force to make up for this after-the-fact adjustment to their income. They worked for years to earn their pensions, often foregoing higher salaries available in the private sector, to secure that pensions for the future. Is the city prepared to offer those retirees who can no longer meet their financial needs due to this change, the option to return to their old jobs? Perhaps those who are unable to rejoin the workforce and can no longer make ends meet will join the ranks of those that qualify for the many entitlements provided by the government. The net result is just drawing money from another government pot.