Last week ballots to elect the next TRS board members were sent out to TRS members across the state. Texas AFT Retiree Plus Board member Phyllis Ruffin is running to represent educators on the TRS Board of Trustees. Phyllis is running for the “at-large” position on the TRS board, meaning that both active educators and retired educators can vote for Phyllis. We encourage all Texas AFT members to support Phyllis.
Phyllis Ruffin provided a statement, encouraging active and retired educators to cast a vote for her.
Physical ballots were mailed out to TRS members, but eligible members can also vote online. The voting period ends May 5.
The TRS Board of Trustees is responsible for administering TRS and making decisions regarding its $200 billion investment fund. Though the TRS Board of Trustees is not responsible for setting the amount in monthly annuities that retirees receive, the decisions the board makes impact the health of the fund, which has been identified by the Legislature as a key factor when considering the passage of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).