Pension Peril: It’s Your Fight, Too

A batch of dangerous bills pending in the Texas Legislature would take away guaranteed pension benefits from municipal employees and set the template for future attacks on state pension funds like the one run by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Our first line of defense against pension takeaways affecting TRS is to help city employees defeat the bills attacking their pensions in the current legislative session. These proposals all are designed by various means to pave the way for a degradation of city employees’ pensions, by switching from defined (i.e., guaranteed) benefits to a defined-contribution model, providing 401(k)-style accounts that offer no guarantee of any level of lifetime benefits.

Please send your letter right now to your state representative and state senator, urging a “no” vote on these bills and a halt to attacks on long-promised benefits.

While these bills do not directly affect school employees, they set the pattern for future attacks on pensions like the one run by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas that school employees depend on. For most school employees, the TRS pension is the only guaranteed benefit they will have in retirement, because the vast majority of Texas school districts are not covered by Social Security.

In fact, the stage for an attack on school employees’ benefits could be set by a bill that already is moving in the Legislature this session. That bill, SB 936 by Sen. Huffman, would require a joint interim committee, among other things, to examine and report on defined-contribution alternatives to state guaranteed-benefit pensions like TRS.

Comments

  1. says

    No and No to destroying Teacher Retirement and public service pensions.
    1. We don’t get social security due to “double dipping”. Teachers, fire fighters, police, public servants are the underpinning of society.
    2. A promise is a promise. Are you saying it isn’t ?, depending on the mood of the time?
    3. Public servants don’t get paid enough as it is. Just who and of what quality will want those jobs if you cut benefits?
    4. People who go into those fields have an instinct to help others, not a need for wealth. But by golly, they have to pay bills like the rest of the world. Are they going to have to all be Walmart greeters to get by after a life time of serving the community?

  2. Sheri says

    Vote NO!! Stop hurting teachers and retired teachers. No one has matched our pension so keep your hands off. Provide benefits at an affordable cost just like you want for yourselves.

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