FEA Action Center Alert

Your retirement under attack yet again

The Florida Retirement System (FRS) was the hot topic this week as it
came under attack yet again by House Republican leaders. In what seems to
be an ugly tradition, Republicans are continuing to fight to weaken the
FRS. Florida currently has a very healthy retirement system, funded at
86.6 percent, which is well above what is considered to be a healthy
pension system. It could be even higher, if legislators had properly
funded it in the past decade.

The House Appropriations Committee heard the FRS bill (House Bill 7107)
by Rep. Caldwell (R-Lehigh Acres) on Tuesday. Public employees are offered
two retirement plans when they begin their work – the traditional
pension system and a 401K-style investment plan. In the current system,
employees are automatically placed into the traditional pension plan if
they do not make a selection between the two plans. However under HB 7107,
employees would be automatically placed into the riskier investment plan,
which yields a lesser value overall to public employees and cripples the
financial stability of the plan for everyone in the FRS. Public employees
across the state are part of this plan, including teachers and education
staff professionals. This bill passed out of committee, but FEA and its
affiliates will continue the fight for the interests of all public

Other bills of interest were heard in the House and Senate this week,
including several charter school bills and Gabby’s Law for School Bus Stop


to listen to FEA Secretary-Treasurer Luke Flynt as he
discusses issues important to FEA, while Joanne McCall and Fedrick Ingram
were on FEA assignments!

Republican leaders are continuing to pass legislation despite opposition.
It is up to you to make your voice heard. There is still plenty of time in
the legislative session to accomplish this. Contact your local legislator.
You can easily find their contact
in the FEA Action Center under the Take Action
. Simply scroll down and click on “Find Your
”. The contact information includes addresses, phone
numbers, emails, websites and even social media accounts. Make sure you
use as many of these as you can, and spread the word!

Check back with us next week to hear more about what’s happening in the
halls of the Capitol.



Joanne M. McCall, President
Florida Education Association

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