TAKE ACTION! EDUCATORS’ BENEFITS ARE UNDER ATTACK
Show up to the Capitol to tell lawmakers NO CUTS TO PERS.
Email your lawmaker using this quick tool: https://keeporegonspromise.org/email-your-lawmaker/
Phone calls are more powerful than emails – CALL your House Representative (and State Senator too, if you have time). Important messages to share are included below. Find lawmaker phone numbers here: https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/findyourlegislator/leg-districts.html.
“My name is __________ and I’m a teacher/an educator in your district. I’m calling today to urge you to vote no on Senate Bill 1049. Oregon educators already earn 22% per week less than we would in the private sector. We show up every day and do our job and now you want to pull the rug out from under us by cutting our retirement benefits. This bill would make us pay the same into our retirement but reduce our benefit – that isn’t fair. You cannot improve schools by cutting teacher compensation even further and losing educators. Please vote NO on SB 1049 and any cuts to PERS benefits.”
Share on Facebook and tag your lawmaker (find their facebook page > when writing your post, type “@” and then the first few letters of their Facebook page name to tag):
I work hard for my students and for my retirement benefits. Oregon educators already earn 22% per week less than we would in the private sector. Lawmakers should vote NO on Senate Bill 1049. You can’t improve schools by losing educators, and that’s exactly what would happen if this bill passes. @Senator XX XXX and @Representative XXX XXXXX.
These cuts are unfair and illegal and we are joining together with other unions and fighting back.
MORE DETAILS ON SENATE BILL 1049
Today a full 6% of your salary is contributed to your own PERS Individual Account Program. Under SB 1049, part of that contribution would be taken away to pay the state’s pension obligation for people already retired. Instead of a full 6% contribution, it would be reduced to between 3.5% and 5.25%, depending on which PERS Tier Level you are.