Retired teachers to urge state trustees not to increase health-care premiums, and will ask Lt. Gov. for rollback of benefit cuts

News Conference: Thursday, 11 a.m.

Teachers faced significant premium increases and benefit cuts
under Lt. Dan Patrick’s control of the state Senate

What:  The Texas AFT Retiree Committee is in town to testify at a Teacher Retirement System Board vote on increasing premiums $50 a month for retired teachers and school employees (not yet on Medicare) starting in January, 2019.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick recently encouraged the Board not to raise premiums, because he said it is the responsibility of the Legislature to find more funding and not let the burden “fall on the shoulders of our retired teachers.” However, last year’s premium increases and benefit cuts (including skyrocketing deductibles) all occurred while Patrick was at the helm of the state Senate. Retirees want to hold him accountable to his word and provide specificity to his plan to increase funding. Additionally, they will be asking for enough funding to roll back the harmful premium increases and benefit cuts from 2017.

The promise of decent health care made to teachers needs to be kept! We can’t let our retired teachers—many of whom have not received a cost-of-living increase on their pensions in more than 10 years—live without affordable health care.

When:  Thursday, September 20, 2018

Where: Texas House Speaker’s Committee Room, Texas State Capitol, Room 2W.6, Austin, TX

Who: Retired teachers and school employee from across the state, Texas AFT Secretary-Treasurer Ray McMurrey

Texas American Federation of Teachers represents teachers, paraprofessionals, support personnel, and higher-education employees across the state. Texas AFT is affiliated with the 1.6-million-member American Federation of Teachers and AFL-CIO.