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President's Message:

John Masterjohn

 

 

As I sat writing this column, Seattle was going through one of its hottest weeks in a very long time. From the sounds of the weather broadcaster, we were headed for another hot week. So, I hope you all took care to stay out of the sun, drank lots of water, and just enjoyed the good weather.

 

Well talk about heat, we had just been over at Alta Lake State Park where it was between 99 and 102 degrees all four days we were there. That was followed by even hotter days because the Park was close to two major fires – we got out of there just in time! Due to the fires, they had to close Highway 2, just when westbound I-90 had 3 lanes closed. Well enough about us and what we did for part of the summer.

 

I met with Ken Nakatsu in June and he explained that the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) was going to propose revisions to the SMC (Seattle Municipal Code) that defines the retirement provisions for all City employees. They want to clean up the language that no longer pertains to any active members, and reorganize sections that are now all over the place so that information relating to the same subject will be located together. These changes will have no effect on any former, current, or future member benefits, but will result in a code that is easier to understand. In a separate draft ordinance, they will also be simplifying and clarifying the code for calculating Final Average Salary and Service Credit. The effect of these changes will be “de minimis” (a dollar or two per month each way for future retirees) and will enable much more accurate and more timely provision of service to employees.
 

Ken shared all the draft legislation with me and with Barbara Graham, ARSCE (Active & Retired Seattle City Employees) Vice President. The labor coalition has also reviewed the draft legislation which has been transmitted to the City Council. It will likely be considered in September.

 

For all of you who are reading this column and are still working for the City, this is one of the ways we at ARSCE can help represent your views. As you know, we have changed the ARSCE rules so that all of you, both active and retired employees, can become members. It costs a mere $12.00 per year.

 

We will not be holding a Fall Luncheon in September this year. However, we want to remind you to attend our big celebration in December — more on that in the next issue of ARSCE News.

Your President,

John Masterjohn

Contact Mr. Masterjohn at president@arsce.org

Reprinted from the ARSCE News, September - October, 2014, p. 1

Events

 

 

Executive Board Meeting, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 -  10:00 a.m.,  Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle.  Members are encouraged to attend to observe, make comments, or bring suggestions.

 

Seattle City Council Studies Possible Changes to Retirement System

 

Council staff has prepared a report on possible directions the City might elect to take in revising the current system.  Click here to view the council page and read the report.

 

Benefits Questions?

 

Do you have a question about your benefits from the City of Seattle?  You can email Renee Freiboth of the Personnel Department directly at benefits@arsce.org.  Renee will select some queries for her article in the ARSCE News; others she will answer directly.

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