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Happy Independence Day

July 2, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA wishes all of you a happy Independence Day Holiday.

 

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Happy Memorial Day

May 25, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA remembers those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our liberty.

MNPEA wishes you a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend.

Remember, like many of our CO and LEO members, our legal team is also available
over the long weekend should you need us.

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New Pension Bill Passes

May 22, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

HF3053 and SF2620 have passed.

For our PERA Corrections Plan members this means the COLA will cap out at 2.5% as it currently does.

The firsts drafts of this bill would have maxed the COLA for Corrections Retirees at 1.5%.

Our MNPEA Vice President and Retiree Wade Laszlo, representing retired CO’s met with the PERA Board and PERA Executive director Doug Anderson as well as working with their legislators to remedy the original proposal.

No other Unions representing CO’s stepped up to the plate, in fact they had already signed off on the cut to 1.5%.

The PERA Police and Fire Pension has also seen a fix.

From the PERA website the new Bill:

“Eliminates the trigger to 2.5 percent thereby fixing the COLA at the current 1 percent. Under measurements from last year that showed the plan’s funding status was projected to decline, the 2.5 percent COLA was never expected to occur.”

The MNPEA does not support any cuts to Corrections Officers, Police Officers or Retirees. But we do have a question to ask. Why does the leadership of so few Unions get to make such important decisions for so many, about cuts in Pensions without ever going to their members for a vote?

 

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National Law Enforcement Week

May 13, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA salutes our Law Enforcement Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice for our safety.

Thank you!
May 13 -19, 2018

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National Correctional Officers Week, May 6-12

May 5, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

In May of 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed this Proclamation for National Correctional Officers Week:

By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation

Correctional officers have the difficult and often dangerous assignment of ensuring the custody, safety and well-being of the over 600,000 inmates in our Nation’s prisons and jails. Their position is essential to the day-to-day operations of these institutions; without them it would be impossible to achieve the foremost institutional goals of security and control.

Historically, correctional officers have been viewed as “guards,” occupying isolated and misunderstood positions in prisons and jails. In recent years, the duties of these officers have become increasingly complex and demanding. They are called upon to fill, simultaneously, custodial, supervisory and counseling roles. The professionalism, dedication and courage exhibited by these officers throughout the performance of these demanding and often conflicting roles deserve our utmost respect. The important work of correctional Officers often does not receive the recognition from the public it deserves. It is appropriate that we honor the many contributions and accomplishments of these men and women who are a vital component of the field of corrections.

In recognition of the contributions of correctional officers to our Nation, the Congress, by Senate Joint Resolution 132, has designated the week beginning May 6, 1984, as “National Correctional Officers Week,” and authorized and requested the President to issue an appropriate proclamation.

Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week beginning May 6, 1984, as National Correctional Officers Week. I call upon officials of State and local governments and the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of May, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eightyfour, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and eighth.

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MNPEA extends condolences to Gilchrist Co Sheriff’s Deputies Families

April 20, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

 

MNPEA extends our sympathy to the families and fellow LEO’s of
Sergeant Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Sheriff Taylor Lindsey, 25, of the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office.

Two sheriff’s deputies have been killed in Florida Thursday— gunned down in broad daylight — during a suspected ambush, according to authorities.

 

FULL STORY

 

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Annual Steward Training

April 17, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA thanks of all of members who attended our annual Steward Training last Thursday.

We look forward to holding this same Steward Training in Northern Minnesota in the near future.

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7 inmates dead in Prison Riot

April 16, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina prisons director says a riot that led to the deaths of seven inmates was a fight over money, territory and contraband.

Corrections Director Bryan Stirling said cellphones helped stir up trouble Sunday night at the Lee Correctional Institute in Bishopville. He says the fights started in one unit and appeared to be contained before suddenly starting in two more units.

FULL STORY

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Thank you 911 and Telecommunicators!

April 9, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

IT’S NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATOR/911 WEEK.

MNPEA THANKS ALL OF OUR DISPATCHERS AND 911 OPERATORS FOR YOUR TIRELESS LIFESAVING WORK!

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Happy Easter

April 1, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA wishes our members
a Happy Easter

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Assaults up at MN State Prisons!

March 27, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

Due to a change in disciplinary process with inmates, assaults are up at MN State Prisons.

“A KSTP check of Department of Corrections records for every Minnesota prison facility found there have been 22 reported inmate assaults on prison guards through the first three months of 2018. That’s more than the past two years combined; there were a total of 13 assaults in 2017 and eight in 2016.

Fitzgerald explained why the Department of Corrections made the policy change in late 2016 in this statement:”

 

FULL STORY KSTP

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Thank you Blaine Gaskill

March 21, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA thanks St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Deputy Blaine Gaskill for being the ‘good guy with a gun’ and averting another school massacre.

Truly everyday our Deputies and Officers are unsung heroes and we appreciate all you do.

FULL STORY

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Pension Bills

March 5, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

There is a pair of new bills this session that concern our PERA Correctional Plan and Police and Fire.

SF2620 and HF3053 For PERA Correctional Retirees the annual COLA will be a floor of 1% with a maximum of 2.5% based on inflation. For Police an Fire the annual COLA will be 1%.

MNPEA supports these bills.

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Goodbye to one of our own

February 18, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

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

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MNPEA stands with Fallen Officers

February 13, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

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

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Inmate Guilty of Stabbing CO

February 13, 2018 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

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

Kansas inmate admits stabbing female corrections officer

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Happy New Year

December 29, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA WISHES YOU A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR!

HAPPY 2018

 

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PERA Correctional Plan meeting

December 26, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

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.

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Because Things Happen

December 22, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

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.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 20, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES!

 

FROM THE MINNESOTA PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION

 

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Dues to Remain Unchanged!

November 27, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

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!

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Happy Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

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

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PERA Correctional Plan News

November 20, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

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.

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Veterans Day 2017

November 11, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

 

MNPEA thanks all who have served.

THANK YOU!

 

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National Public Safety Communicators Week

April 12, 2017 in MNPEA News by MNPEA

MNPEA recognizes the critical role these professionals play in Public Safety.  Thank you for all that you do!!

 

Call to Action: Reclassification Petition

Signatures Needed – Sign and Pass Along As the federal government nears a final decision on whether to update its classification system describing occupations in the United States, APCO has launched a White House petition entitled “9-1-1 Professionals Should Be Recognized for Protecting and Saving Lives.” The goal of this petition, timed with National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, is to draw attention to the need to classify Public Safety Telecommunicators as Protective Service Occupations. Sign the Petition

The deadline to collect 100,000 signatures is May 7.