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News: 2013-03-27 Action Alert: Ask to Vote No on SB822

Action Alert: Ask Legislators to Vote NO on PERS Changes in SB 822

Oregon’s legislature is considering a bill that would cut public employees’ retirement benefits by $455 million over the next two years. Senate Bill 822 limits current and future retirees’ cost of living adjustments (COLAs) and eliminates tax reimbursement payments for out-of-state retirees.

The bill cuts retirees’ COLA by approximately $400 million by lowering the COLA rate from 2 percent to 1.5 percent on all income for one year, and creating a graduated COLA system for future years. Under the graduated COLA, retirees would receive a 2 percent adjustment on the first $20,000 of retirement income; 1.5 percent on income between $20,001 and $40,000; 1 percent on income from $40,001 to $60,000, and 0.25 percent on all income above $60,000.

Currently the COLA is set at 2 percent for all income.

The bill also eliminates tax reimbursements for out-of state retirees, costing retirees $55 million.

The bill was introduced by the Co-Chairs of the Joint Ways and Means Committee and is part of their “Turning Point” budget framework.

Tell your legislators that any changes to PERS must be constitutional and should honor the promises made to hard-working public employees and be fair for all Oregonians. SB 822 does not meet these criteria.

Contact Your Legislators

Below are 4 simple steps for contacting your legislators to ask them to say NO to PERS changes in SB 822.

1. Identify yourself as an RN or nurse practitioner and a constituent.

2. Compose your message. The most effective emails clearly identify the issue (PERS changes in SB 822), how it impacts you, and what you are asking legislators to do.


Dear Senator/Representative,

My name is Jane Doe. I am a registered nurse from Milwaukie who works for the Multnomah County Health Department and participates in PERS. I am writing to ask you to vote NO on Senate Bill 822.

When I became a public employee in YEAR, I chose to work in public service because I believed it was the right thing to do. Like many Oregonians, my family and I planned/have planned for my retirement based on the benefits my employer promised me. I believe breaking those promises now is unconstitutional and unfair to me, my coworkers and our families. I ask you to vote NO to SB 822.

Thank you,
Jane Doe

3. Email your legislators. Click here to email your legislators. This website will determine which legislators represent you based on your address.

4. Click here to let ONA and NPO know that you’ve contacted your legislators.



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