We cannot let them vote based on complex legislative language and dollar signs alone. They need to hear our voices and listen to our stories about how these bills will affect us, the citizens of their districts.
CO Paul Jensen of the I-Max Correctional Facility sent a message to his legislator and you need to too!
Please take just 1 minute of your time to make a call or send a letter. Speak your mind now or the chance to change the course of state employment will be lost.
DEFINED BENEFIT MEMBERS:
1. Are being unfairly punished when OVERTIME under these bills will no longer count towards their pension calculations.
2. The state has made decisions to not hire and instead run MANDATORY OVERTIME to save money… remind your legislators that “Mandatory” is not optional and that we should not be forced to work a dangerous job without it counting towards retirement.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION MEMBERS:
1. Health Care is eliminated for those hired after March 31, 1997, and instead a one time deposit (determined current value of earned benefits) is placed into an account for you to access upon retirement for health care needs. Once it’s depleted – you have nothing.
2. For those employees with less than 4 years of service a measly $2,000 deposit will be made which can’t be accessed until age 65 with 10 yrs. service.
3. If you leave state employment without actually retiring within 60 months of your eligibility point, you forfeit any earned benefits regardless of how many years you have in state service!
CO’s take on a job with extreme risks to life and limb knowing that if something goes wrong the state will provide coverage to take care of them and their families. These bills take away this protection leaving them to find their own health care when they may have job related pre-existing conditions or be disabled due to injury!
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As reported in the June 3rd edition of the KYI, the Michigan House of Representatives has officially introduced HB 4701 and HB 4702 legislation intended to overhaul the State Employee Retirement Act and the Public Employee Retirement Health Care Funding Act beginning October 1st 2011.
Rep. Bill ROGERS (R-Brighton) volunteered to sponsor HB 4701 on behalf of Governor Rick Snyder telling a Lansing news outlet that he is very aware that unions may not be happy about the legislation “but if we predicated all of our legislation on who is going to scream and yell at us then we would never be able to get anything done”.
According to information obtained from the House Fiscal Agency, HB 4701 (introduced by Rep. Bill Rogers) and HB 4702 (introduced by Rep. Chuck Moss) would make the following changes to SERS benefits beginning October 1st, 2011: (Please note: Supplemental “Covered” Employee retirement ages/criteria are not altered by HB 4701 or HB 4702. However, the Supplemental is an addition to the Defined Benefit plan for those who work in covered positions. This means that the language below that pertains to Defined Benefit members applies to those in the Supplemental as well.)
If you are an employee under the State’s Defined Benefit/ Pension plan you would keep the health insurance plan already promised to you, however, you would be required to begin “voluntarily” paying 4 percent of your salary to the pension fund starting October 1st, 2011.
If you choose not to pay the 4 percent, you would have your service and compensation, for the purposes of calculating your pension, frozen as of September 30th, 2011, and would be immediately transferred to the DC 401K plan for the rest of your career.
If you are an employee that was hired after 1997 and are currently a participant in the Defined Contribution (401K) retirement system you would be switched over to a health savings account created by HB 4702 and subject to the following benefit package.
If you are a current employee with less than four years of service you would receive a lump sum payment into a health saving account of $2,000 which would not be accessible until age 65 with 10 yrs of service.
If you are a current employee with more than four years of service, you would also receive a lump sum payment into a health saving account, however, your payment would be based on an actuarial calculation that uses your 2011 service time and would not be accessible until age 55 with 30 yrs of service or until age 60 with 10 yrs of service.
IMPORTANT: These bills do not guarantee any type of health care for state employees hired after March 31, 1997. The new age and service requirements dictate that any current employee (4+ yrs.) must stay in state service until age 55 with 30yrs of service or age 60 with 10 yrs to be eligible for the lump sum payout. For those with less than 4 years of service or new hires the 65 with 10 years service requirement must be met. If for any reason, that current or future employee leaves state employment before achieving these milestones and fails to reach the requirement within 60 months (5 yrs), that individual forfeits any and all funds the state would have owed him/her.
Full copies of the legislation and analysis can be found through the links to the bills above. Rep. Rogers’ office conducted their own House Bill 4701 OPEB Legislation Summary. As did the House Fiscal Agency.
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