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President's Message:

John Masterjohn

 

Well here I am again in Chandler, Arizona at a friend’s house—Tim Douglas. Tim is an ARSCE (Active & Retired Seattle City Employees) member and was kind enough to invite me down for 3 weeks of sun and golf.  I am beginning to think that I am a jinx because the first day there we had rain with a great thunder and lightning storm.  As I sat outside, writing this on November 1st, in tee-shirt and shorts, waiting to go golfing in a couple of hours (then at 9:30 am), I know why so many people come here for the winter. Karen and Diana both decided to stay home and enjoy the cold and rain I understood you all had been getting up there, so it was just Tim and me down there. And no, we were not just sitting around in our unmentionables drinking beer and watching football, (we were doing some of that, but not in our unmentionables) as our wives said we would.

Though this paper won’t be out until late December, I still want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, a wonderful Christmas holiday, and a safe and a happy New Year. Can you believe it is almost 2016!?!

I understand the City and the Coalition of City Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The part that interests retirees is the proposal on a new pension plan that will start in January of 2017—if the agreement is approved by the membership. It is still a Defined Benefit plan as is our current plan. It will only effect new employees who are hired after January 1st, 2017. It is my understanding these employees will be contributing less into the fund along with the City matching a percentage. It will all be going into the same fund as the current employees are paying into.

I met with Ken Nakatsu this week and he informed me the Seattle City Employees’ Retirement System (SCERS) has signed a contract with Vitech to develop and implement a new pension administration system. It should take about a year to convert everything that is on cards now into electronic records. SCERS has started the recruitment search for the position of Executive Director of the Employees’ Retirement System. We will miss Ken Nakatsu, now serving as Interim Executive Director, when he leaves sometime next summer.

Note: Since we are not getting a Social Security COLA (Cost-of-Living Adjustment) this year, the 1.5% COLA that retirees will have begun receiving, starting with the 1st of December check, will help some.

In closing, I want to thank all those who decided to run for ARSCE’s Executive Board. You can find their bio’s in this issue of ARSCE News on page 4.

Reprinted from the ARSCE News, January - February, 2016, p. 1.

Contact Mr. Masterjohn at president@arsce.org

 

Events

 

The ARSCE Executive Board will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, February 10, at  the Northgate Community Center, 10510 5th Ave NE, beginning at 10 a.m.  All ARSCE members are encouraged to attend and to bring issues and ideas to the attention of the Board.  See the agenda here.

 
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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