Tag: PSERS

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Effort to help institutions workers in dangerous jobs gets airing

The good humanitarian effort to bring earlier retirement to institutions workers doing jobs with skyrocketing rates of injury will once again go to the Legislature without the recommendation of the state’s pension panel. A majority of the Select Committee on Pension Policy today (Dec. 13) supported the bill to expand eligibility for the Public Safety …

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PSERS: Lawmakers urged to back earlier retirement for high-risk institutions workers

WFSE/AFSCME is once again pushing lawmakers to allow beaten-and-battered institutions workers to retire earlier. Union President Sue Henricksen on Tuesday (Dec. 15) asked the Select Committee on Pension Policy to back legislation (SHB 1718) to add those high-risk workers to the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS). “I’m here to tell you that HB 1718 …

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Why are my retirement contributions going up?

If you’re in the PERS 2 or Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS), you have probably already heard that the rates both you and your employer contribute to your pensions are going up this month. I want to share more about what our Union can – and can’t – do about these rate changes, and …

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Explaining the pension contribution rate increases

If you’re in the PERS 2 or Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS), the rates both you and the state contribute to your pensions are going up this month. Many of you got that word from you agencies. It’s important to note that law prohibits us from bargaining over retirement issues, including contribution rates. The …

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Legislature enters parliamentary “March Madness”

Which bills move on to the next round? Which will wait till next season? The latest legislative committee deadline passed Friday, Feb. 27 when House and Senate fiscal bills had to clear their respective committees. This legislative process is a little like the NCAA “March Madness.” To “stay alive” for further consideration in 2015, bills …

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PSERS bill moves

Thanks to your calls and e-mails to members of the House Appropriations Committee, that influential budget-writing committee on Wednesday (Feb. 25) passed out HB 1718 (http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1718&year=2015) , the bill Expanding the Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS) to cover institutions workers in dangerous jobs. HB 1718 now goes to the House Rules Committee, which schedules …

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TAKE ACTION Expand PSERS to include direct-care staff in dangerous jobs

This is the year we could finally win retirement relief for members working in dangerous jobs in our state institutions. But that won’t happen unless we let legislators know how important that is. Western State Hospital and Eastern State Hospital have some of the highest assault-on-staff rates and debilitating injuries of any workplaces in the …

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Time for retirement relief for those in dangerous institutions jobs

Telling the stories of colleagues who’ve been injured at a young age with decades left before retirement age, Local 793 member Rick Hertzog on Wednesday (Feb. 11) urged retirement relief for those like him who work in dangerous jobs in state institutions. “And I want them when they reach my age to be able to …

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Key bills introduced on retirement, interpreters and Yakima Valley School admissions

Three sets of Federation-initiated or supported bills have been introduced in the Legislature. • Residential Habilitation Centers A hearing is set Feb. 2 on Senate Bill 5243, the bill reopening admissions at Yakima Valley School in Selah. SB 5243, sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford of the 15th District will be taken up by the Senate …

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Interpreter Services, PSERS bills get Tuesday hearings

Two Federation-initiated bills get their “second round” hearings in the House Appropriations Committee, 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, in House Hearing Room A in the John L. O’Brien Building on the Capitol Campus. Those bills are: SHB 1753, the Interpreter Services Bill. HB 1923, the bill adding DSHS workers in dangerous jobs to the Public …