Do you know about the plan to cut our benefits?
The Governor announced a Special Session for Monday, September 30th, to do several things. The most important is cutting our PERS Benefits.
1. Cut Cola benefits for current and future retirees from the current 2% per year to 1.25 percent on the first $60,000 in annual PERS payments and 0.15 percent on additional payments.
A lot of us who are retired can’t afford to have our benefits reduced from what we were promised when we retired. Besides the 2% COLA every year barely keeps up.
We are going to join together on the September, 30 in the Rotunda of the State Capitol at 9 am just to show the Governor and Legislators that we are not happy about this plan to take money from retirees and use it to fund other public services.
Your personal support is very important. Please plan to join us on the 30th to let the legislature know that it is unfair to cut our PERS benefits!
The Oregon AFSCME Retirees held their biennial convention in April, elected new officers and passed a dues resolution. Read about it by clicking this link: http://oregonafscme.com/index.cfm?zone=/unionactive/view_article.cfm&HomeID=279117 .
Oregon AFSCME Director Ken Allen defended members' PERS rights when he spoke to the Oregonian's editorial board. Read the article by clicking this link: oregonafscme.com/index.cfm
After 40 years with the union, Retirees Department Director Steve Regenstreif has decided to retire. Steve has spent most of his adult life working for AFSCME and believes that this is the right time to move on.
Prior to working with the AFSCME Retirees, Steve was based in New York and played a leading role in the permanent affiliation of the 220,000 – member Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), which brought the AFSCME membership to the one million mark.
Since becoming Director of the AFSCME Retirees, the union’s retiree membership has grown from 13,000 dues paying members in six retiree chapters to now some 250,000 retirees in over 260 state and local groups. The AFSCME Retirees is now the largest organization of public sector retirees in America and the fastest growing retiree organization in the labor movement, having organized 10,000 new members each year for the last 20 years.
Succeeding Steve as Director will be Ann Widger. Ann spent six years in the Retirees Department as a Retiree Coordinator. In 2008, she went to work for the Obama Presidential Campaign, heading up the political program that targeted Older Americans. Following the campaign, Ann took a job at the White House in the Office of Public Engagement, coordinating seniors outreach and working on health care reform. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Ann became Director of External Affairs at HHS and was the prime contact at the Department for all the various stakeholders on implementation of the legislation.
Karen Gilgoff will continue her service as Assistant Director of the Department.
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