December 14, 2010

WFSE/AFSCME opposes two of Governor's propsed pension reform changes

The Federation on Monday went on the record opposing Gov. Chris Gregoire’s plan to cut automatic cost-of-living adjustments for PERS 1 retirees and to end early retirement provisions – retirement before age 65 – for new state hires in the other pension plans.

The Legislature must approve the changes, too.

On the PERS 1 cuts, Federation Executive Director Greg Devereux told the Associated Press:
“To take it away from pensioners now seems unfair. To simply eliminate them seems a little drastic.”
The union also opposes ending early retirement incentives for future employees.

The governor has another press conference Tuesday morning on another change to state government.

We’ll let you know. She unveils her budget Wednesday.

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