This is nothing short of horrible news for all employees, especially public safety. We don't have any advise for you, but you better prepare now.
"Many thanks from the employees for this blog, you do make a difference!
Participating in the meeting were Commissioner Boyer, Bob Lundstrum, Boyer's Chief of staff (COS),Edmond, COS, Lee May. Jay, numbers guy for the BOC. Ken Choate, DeKalb retiree and two entities that prefer to remain anonymous at present.
Commissioner Boyer was gracious and genuinely glad to see us at the table for discussion. I thought the meeting was productive in several ways, both sides laid out the issues in a direct and forthright manner, valuable information exchanged, and some new players were introduced to DeKalb politics.
On the negative side. The Boyer BOC contingent was quick to emphasize that the ERCS proposal was just a proposal and not an official act, I pointed out my fear that the proposal would be dropped on the employees without warning, and I was assured the BOC would give about six months warning to the employees of the impending changes to benefits. Gee, thanks.
The BOC staff downplayed the financial increases to the employees, but as the facts were laid out, it was increasingly apparent that the goal of the proposal is to financially raise the employee contributions for the old pension plan to such a high rate (66 percent!) as to be unaffordable to the average employee, forcing the employees to migrate to the vastly cheaper “new” pension plans lower rates.
Mates, I hate to say this, but the situation is even worse than I thought. You are in deep trouble with the pension contributions and benefits and its about to go down the toilet. I thought that the tactic would be the old double up trick of proposing an increase to 66 percent and then dropping down to 50 percent, I was wrong. The whole idea is to force the employees to voluntarily leave the old pension system by making the old plan contributions so high that the employees can not afford them unless they work a second job. Your old pension will be vested to the date you sign over to the new pension plan.
This scenario could have been avoided two years ago if the BOC had reorganized and downsized the county two years ago. Instead the employees are being played as fools."
Best of luck, guys!