Wednesday, November 29, 2023

RPEC in the News

Retired public employees, educators join forces in Olympia

From The Stand: Retired public employees, educators join forces in Olympia By DEREK VANSPOOR OLYMPIA (Feb. 9, 2023) — On a brisk Monday morning, public sector retirees from the Retired Public Employees Council of WA (RPEC) and the Washington Education Association – Retired (WEA-Retired) joined forces in-person for the first time since 2020 to swarm the Capitol campus in a show …

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Thousands of WA state retirees keep insurance option after hundreds protest at meeting

From The Olympian: BY SHAUNA SOWERSBY UPDATED JULY 06, 2022 7:14 AM Click here for article at The Olympian Thousands of WA state retirees will keep insurance coverage after hundreds protest PEBB meeting About 53,000 Washington state retirees were close to losing healthcare benefits, until hundreds of members sent emails and protested against a proposal by the Public Employees Benefits …

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Washington state retirees win pension COLA increases through persistence

From the AFSCME Blog: It took persistence, but retirees in Washington state will soon see a 3% cost-of-living (COLA) increase. The increase will benefit those enrolled in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) Plan 1 and largely resulted from members of Retired Public Employee Council of Washington (RPEC), AFSCME Chapter 10 calling, writing and holding virtual lobby sessions with their legislators. Although AFSCME retirees’ …

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WA Retirees Fight to Restore Basic Cost-of-Living Increases

From AFSCME Blog: By Clyde Weiss and Derek Van Spoor, RPEC/AFSCME Chapter 10  OLYMPIA, Washington – Retired Washington state public service employees have gone without cost-of-living raises since 2010, the result of a decision by the legislature that left retirees like Nancy Heley struggling. That’s why she joined more than 200 other retirees for two days this week at the …

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