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Attention ARSCE Members

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Hey, hey - Good Times!

Don't miss the Holiday Luncheon on December 14.  This annual event is always the highlight of the year.  Good food, good friends and great memories. 

Click here for details and registration.

 

President's Message:

John Masterjohn

 

It seems that fall arrived early in the Seattle area. As we all know, September can have all the seasons in just one month; 80 degrees and sunny, an inch of rain in one day, windstorms, and maybe even frost, if we searched the records.

The start of school almost had the feeling of the New Year about it, with the kids standing at the corners in their new clothes and haircuts. Our neighborhood has a brand new K-8 school, Hazel Wolf, that replaced the old Pinehurst where our girls went to grade school. Our grandson Ben is in the 3rd grade there and our granddaughter Rianna is a freshman at Nathan Hale, where our kids graduated from. The big question is, “Will their Mom, a City employee, be priced out of the neighborhood and the city where our family grew up?”

 

Karen and I stayed home this summer except for a couple of 4-day weekends, family reunion campouts, and weddings. We traveled with our bridge group to Ocean Shores in October and we’re still holding out for a couple of weeks in Arizona.

 

I met with Ken Nakatsu who said his position was formally opened for recruitment, again, on September 6th. There was a meeting of the SCERS (Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System) Board at the end of October (closed to the public) to review the initial applicants. The Board is scheduled to interview candidates in December. Ken said that the Seattle Human Rights Commission passed a resolution asking SCERS to “divest from companies that profit from or supply a product directly or indirectly used in war crimes or crimes against humanity. Or create a product to allow a state body to commit a war crime against humanity, or directly commit a crime against humanity.” It sounds like we’d be divesting from almost all investments available.

 

SCERS has just begun the document scanning effort which should be finished by the end of the year. This is an important step that will improve the security of those paper records as they are digitized.

 

Elections are coming up—who could not know that? We City retirees and active employees have a large voting bloc, so we need to use it. Look for the candidates who support our issues: social security, health care, child care and education for our grandkids and great grandkids.

 

This is the last newsletter of the year when I remind all of you about the holiday luncheon at the West Seattle Golf Course on December 14th. Please sign up early (reservation form on page 12 and on our website at:  ) and don’t forget about the gift exchange. Happy Holidays to all!

 

Your President,

 

John

Contact Mr. Masterjohn at president@arsce.org

This message also appears in the ARSCE News, November - December, 2016, page 1.

Events

Wednesday, November 9, 10:00 a.m., ARSCE Executive Board Meeting. Northgate Library, 10548 5th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA.  All ARSCE members are welcome to attend and bring concerns or suggestions to the board.

Hey, hey - Good Times!

Don't miss the Holiday Luncheon on December 14.  This annual event is always the highlight of the year.  Good food, good friends and great memories. 

Click here for details and registration.

 

Seattle City Council Approves Changes to Retirement System

The Seattle City Council has approved a plan to change the retirement benefits offered to new hires beginning in 2017.  To read the Seattle Times article reporting this change click here.

To read the report of these changes by ARSCE member and SCERS Board Member Lou Walter on page one of the January - February, 2016 issue of the ARSCE News, click here.

Council staff had earlier 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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