Legislative Update from POAM
Via: Kenneth E. Grabowski, Legislative Director
As we head toward Thanksgiving, I want to provide you with an update regarding potential legislative changes to Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) and pension benefits for public safety and municipal employees.
No legislation has been introduced to date and the legislature is in recess until Tuesday, November 28.
POAM has been actively engaged with legislators. POAM is aggressively defending our ability to collectively bargain pension and health care benefits, and protect the benefits earned.
Our position remains:
We support the recommendations of the Governor’s task force report on Responsible Retirement Reform which was issued in July. The recommendations were unanimously approved by ALL task force members, including POAM. We have grave concern about any legislation that goes beyond those recommendations and POAM will remain actively engaged.
I have heard great feedback from our members who have contacted their local legislators. Thank you to those who have called and told their legislator to support the task force recommendations. We need continued engagement.
POAM will remain actively engaged with legislators and the Governor. When legislation is introduced, we will immediately notify you and provide you with an action alert.