Goodbye to one of our own

At 8 PM last night Minneapolis 911 dispatcher Jenna Lynn Bixby was taken from us by a drunk driver. Our hearts go out to her family and her MNPEA coworkers at Minneapolis 911.

 

http://www.fox9.com/news/fatal-crash-on-sb-252-in-brooklyn-park

MNPEA stands with Fallen Officers

MNPEA stands with our fallen brothers.

“Westerville officers Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, were killed shortly after noon Saturday in this normally quiet suburb while responding to a 911 hang-up call.”

Full Story CBS News

Inmate Guilty of Stabbing CO

MNPEA stands with all CO’s who walk the toughest beat!

Kansas inmate admits stabbing female corrections officer

Happy New Year

MNPEA WISHES YOU A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR!

HAPPY 2018

 

PERA Correctional Plan meeting

On December 19th, MNPEA Vice President Tom Perkins and Hennepin County Detention Deputy/MNPEA Retiree Wade Laszlo met with PERA Executive Director Doug Anderson.

MNPEA’s members are very appreciative of Doug Anderson’s time over this.

The topic was proposed changes to the PERA Correctional Pension.
Last session there was a proposal by Rep. O’Driscoll and Sen. Rosen to eliminate the 2.5% COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) in favor of a 1% COLA with a 1.5% cap based on CPI (inflation).

Current law provides a 2.5% COLA as long as the fund is at least 90% funded. Currently it is 95.7% funded.

It is unclear if the vetoed O’Driscoll/Rosen Bill or a similar Bill will resurface this session, or if there will even be a session.

While the legislature makes the law, it was thought important to meet with PERA to have input into their recommendations.

PERA Executive Director Doug Anderson is revising his recommendation to the PERA Board to include a second proposal:

*Change current COLA to 100% of CPI, 1% floor, 2.5% cap (currently a fixed 2.5%).

This will mirror the current COLA benefit in place.

 

The MNPEA Board will meet and discuss a response.

Because Things Happen

Just a friendly reminder. Because sometimes things happen, MNPEA members enjoy on and off duty legal protection for them and their spouses. All included in the low $39.00 monthly dues.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!

 

FROM THE MINNESOTA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION

 

Dues to Remain Unchanged!

The MNPEA Board has announced dues are to remain unchanged for 2018 and 2019. They should remain the same in the near and foreseeable future.

The monthly dues of $39 a month give members on and off duty legal overage.

This includes both civil and criminal protection and the MNPEA legal plan also covers spouses!

We live in litigiousness society. On duty protection is a must, but off duty incidents can also affect your job. A DWI, a confrontation outside of work all can be a threat to your employment. MNPEA lawyers are only a phone call away.

MNPEA lawyers represent our members at all levels, negotiations as well as grievances. Not just a Rep.

We strive to give our members the best coverage in Minnesota for the best price!

Happy Thanksgiving

MNPEA wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

A special thanks to those of you working this Holiday to keep us safe.

PERA Correctional Plan News

There is a move at the State Legislature to reduce the annual COLA of the PERA Correctional Plan.

MNPEA does not support the reduction of County Corrections Officer retirement benefits in bills (HF565 and SF 545).

Currently Correctional Plan Retirees receive a 2.5% COLA. This is triggered by law for any PERA plan that is funded at 90% or more. The Correctional Plan is funded at 95.7%. Furthermore, the State’s own actuarial study shows that the plan, as funded, is moving to 100% funding.

These Bills are the result of poor performance and mismanagement of some of the other State Pension Plans including Police and Fire, the MSRS Correctional Plan (state CO’s) and the Judges plan among others.

The stated purpose, supported by the larger Unions, is uniformity and shared sacrifice. Many of the same groups asking for shared sacrifice from our well-funded plan, are the same ones who not only didn’t want us in their plans, but actively worked against the County CO’s from having one at all!

How is this for uniformity? The MSRS Correctional Plan is funded less than 90% yet receives a 2% COLA. It is proposed they reduce their COLA .5% down to 1.5%. The PERA Correctional Plan, funded at 95.7% is being asked to reduce its COLA a full 1% down to 1.5%. In the name of uniformity.

That’s right the underfunded State Correction’s plan takes a .5% cut in COLA but the well-funded County Correctional plan is asked for a 1% cut.

By way of comparison the also underfunded Judges plan isn’t being asked to take any cut at all.

These Bills, if enacted would punish County CO’s and retirees unfairly. Reducing the COLA of the PERA Correctional plan doesn’t add one penny to the other plans that are underfunded.

These Bills were Vetoed last session by the Governor, but MNPEA will be watching future sessions for attacks on our Pension.