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President's Message:

John Masterjohn

 

Well, we made it back from Maui just in time for Christmas. While we were gone, two of our daughters bought our tree, then decorated it and the house(inside), and that was great to come home to. The weather was a little wetter than I had hoped for, but it was always warm so I can’t complain. The only thing that was a little weird was listening to Christmas music in 80 degree weather and wearing shorts and tee shirts; but the snorkeling was great.

We had a wonderful Christmas luncheon at the West Seattle Golf Course last December and the food was just delicious.  We had a large turnout and fun was had by all. Our next luncheon is on March 11th at the golf course and I hope to see you all there. Please remember to sign up early so we can plan on how many of you will be attending.

At one of our last meetings, we made the decision to let current employees join ARSCE (Active & Retired Seattle CityEmployees) before they retire. During our most recent meeting, it was mentioned that if every one of us would talk to two people who are still working for the City and recruit them, we could build up our membership substantially.

At the last SCERS (Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System) meeting, 350.org (an organization building a global climate movement) showed up with a large contingency of people who, again, were trying to talk the Board into divesting from fossil fuel securities. Lou Walter’s last article in this paper explained the situation, so if you missed it look it up in the January/February issue of ARSCE News.

I want to thank Pam Baer for the great job she is doing as ARSCE’s Financial Secretary and we will miss her when she leaves the position. Now you know that we need a new person to step up and volunteer for the position. Pam has agreed to help train the new person, but she will be leaving the area soon, so if you know anyone who would be interested in the position please have them contact me, Pam Baer, Barbara Graham or Joanne Kinsella.

I talked with one of the City unions and they said the negotiations are on hold for now. They are not sure when things will take a serious turn back to negotiating once again.

I hope to see you at the Spring Luncheon on March 11th.

Best regards,

John Masterjohn

Contact Mr. Masterjohn at president@arsce.org

Reprinted from the ARSCE News, March - April, 2015, p. 1.

 

Events

 

ARSCE Executive Board Meeting, Wednesday, April 8, 2015 -  10:00 a.m., Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, Seattle. All members are welcome to attend.  There is a comment period at the beginning of the meeting.  Please feel free to provide feedback and suggestions to the Board.

 

 

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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