This is probably the most serious attack on our benefits in the history of Dekalb County. The commission, particularly Burrell Ellis, is gunning for our pension in an attempt to destroy it by using our pension as a cash bonanza.
This goes beyond furlough days, unpaid holidays and being forced to work for no pay. This is our very livelihood once we retire. This is the livelihood of all current retirees. Burrell Ellis is posed to make a direct attack on our pension, thus a direct attack on us, public safety employees and the general public.
Burrell Ellis could care less about the safety of the DeKalb County citizenry. He has a problem grasping the concept that public safety takes loyal, dedicated and commented employees. Ellis fails to understand, or simply doesn't care, that people who are welling to dedicate 30 years of their lives, and sometimes their very life itself to the citizens of DeKalb County, should to be rewarded.
We all knew coming into this profession we would not get rich. We are public servants by choice. The reduction of pay, the increase in health insurance premiums and furlough days make our lives harder. But we do our job as a calling, we are centurions. But we are not fools.
It is our hope, at the end of our career, there will be a decent pension waiting for us and our family for the sacrifices we make. Now, Burrell Ellis wants to take that all away. He will never come out and say it, but these latest actions show his covert attempts to take our pension away from us. Our pension, not his.
We have a poor track record of being united. Burrell Ellis and the commissioners count on us to turn a blind eye to the intricacies of our pension. We simply cannot afford not to become involved and united. We must become more active.
All we have now as far as being organized is the Frateranal Order of Police, Lodge 10. It is time the F.O.P. steps up to the plate on this. Granted, membership is low, and the executive board including president Jeff Wiggs don't get too excited carrying the burden for all the non-members.
Our pension is so important, it's time for all of us to join the F.O.P. Once we are members, we can make demands to take the fight to Burrell Ellis and the commissioners. If the current F.O.P. execute board and president refuses to take on this battle, then with enough members, we put in place the people who will.
This is a defining moment for all of us and the F.O.P. We call on Jeff Wiggs to address this issue. We offer the blog as a platform to get the message out.
"I talked with Robbie Robertson today on various issues, let me give you the bad news first.Pension funding is down to the mid-sixties from the mid seventies of last year due to the financial market.
The pension board expects a new and vastly degraded pension plan for the new employees to be rolled out shortly by the commissioners.The employees have got to admit that the pre-2005 pension plan is unsustainable under current market conditions.
The pension board is extremely concerned that the commissioners will take action against the pre-2005 pension plan for the active employees. Robbie stressed that the active employees will have to take active measures against the attempt by the commissioners to deprive them of their legally defined pension benefits.
On the positive side.
The pension board is satisfied with pension board election results and working to train the new members. It will take approximately two years to bring the new members up to speed.
My opinionated opinion on the pension board:
This is not the same pension board as seen over the last decade. Many of the members still remain but they are not lying down and taking the same shit that they did previously under the Jones administration. The latest minutes reveal that there was sustained and effective resistance against the attempt to subvert the pension board with the addition of Gottlieb and Ransom as voting members.
Make no mistake, Gottlieb and Ransom do not work for DeKalb retirees and employees. They work for the commissioners and CEO and will screw DeKalb employees at the slightest whim of the DeKalb CEO and commissioners.
The DeKalb pension board stood tough against Ransom and Gottlieb, the CEO and commissioners. DeKalb employees will have to follow through in the next year with active support as the CEO and Commissioners attempt to legally remove employee pension benefits. The pension board can not do this alone. They need the active employees help and support on this issues.
The pension board is doing their best to retain your pension benefits. The BOC is intent upon destroying them.
You make the decision as to who to support in this fight.
Best of luck, guys and gals!"