EMERGENCYe-lert • March 26, 2013Edited by Don Loving, Oregon AFSCME Communications Director
We don’t do this often, but circumstances dictate we send you this extra, EMERGENCY missive today. As you are probably aware from local news reports, the proverbial you-know-what has hit the fan in regard to PERS, and we need immediate action!
Yesterday (March 25) the Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee, Sen. Richard Devlin
(D-Tualatin) and Rep. Peter Buckley
(D-Ashland) dropped Senate Bill 822
, their own “fix” of PERS. SB 822 “reforms” PERS by cutting retirees’ COLA by approximately $400 million this biennium, and eliminates the tax reimbursement for retirees living out of Oregon for an additional $55 million in savings.
Forces are in play to railroad this legislation through on a very fast track. The Senate Rules Committee has scheduled a public hearing and possible work session on SB 822 for tomorrow, March 27, at 3 p.m. We urgently need you to do the following:1) Call your legislators!
You can dial (800) 332-2313 statewide or (503) 986-1187 from the Salem local calling area, then ask to be connected to your state senator and/or state representative. If you are unsure who your legislators are, don’t be embarrassed, just be proactive and click here
to jump to an easy fill-in-your-address form that will identify your state representative and senator. 2) Contact each member of the Senate Rules Committee!
These are the people with the first vote on this item. Here are their names (with e-mail links) and their direct dial lines in Salem:
Sen. Diane Rosenbaum
(D-Portland), Chair — (503) 986-1700
Sen. Ted Ferrioli
(R-John Day), Vice Chair — (503) 986-1950
Sen. Lee Beyer
(D-Springfield) — (503) 986-1706
Sen. Ginny Burdick
(D-Portland) — (503) 986-1718
Sen. Bruce Starr
(R-Hillsboro) — (503) 986-17153) E-mail your legislators!
The Oregon Legislature tab
of the Council 75 website has e-mail links for every state legislator.4) Attend the hearing in Salem Wednesday if you can.
We want to provide a word of caution here, however. Tomorrow is already a Higher Education Lobby Day, and the capitol (and the hearing room) will likely be packed. If you come, you could very well get shunted off to an overflow room. We’d love to have you, but please, focus your efforts on making calls and e-mails first!WHAT SHOULD I SAY IN MY CALLS AND E-MAILS?