Thursday, February 17, 2005

The Pension Battle Heats Up!

CSUEU President Pat Gantt wanted you all aware of the following

Dear CSUEU Activist,

I have tried to add some of the most recent information on the Pension Battle we all face.  Please make an effort to give this information to as many employees as possible.  All of the public sector unions in the state are now trying to inform all of their members on the issue.  This is the first phase in the process. We will send out more specific talking points. Here is a brief fact sheet:

We will keep you posted on the latest developments.

In Union,

Pat Gantt, President

CSEA adds website dedicated to the pension battle
To keep members of all affiliates and the public advised on the issues surrounding the proposed changes to the CalPERS system, CSEA has created a new webpage:

The memo dated 2/15/05 is an analysis of the proposed changes.  It is worth reading:

CalPERS votes to oppose pension reform
The full CalPERS board voted 9-3 to oppose the bill for a constitutionalamendment to change the pension system to a defined contribution 401(k) plan.  The dissenting votes were cast by the three board members appointed by the Governor.  The comments made by some of the Governor’s representatives indicate that the vote removes the opportunity for
compromise with the retirement system. You can read the following article for more details:

George Diehr brings pension fight to CSU campuses.
Please take the opportunity to encourage CSUEU members and co-workers to attend these presentations on your campuses.

This will be no easy fight, and George Diehr, an elected member of the Board ofAdministrators of the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and an active CFA board member and former chapter president, intends to lead CFA’s charge against the campaign to weaken the system that has been public servants’ safety net for decades.

Diehr’s meeting schedule is as follows:

Feb. 21, 2:30 pm • Cal Poly Pomona, Building 98, Heritage Room (8th floor)

Feb. 22, noon • CSU Stanislaus, JSRFDC 118

March 1, noon • CSU San Marcos, room location TBA

March 2, noon-2 pm • Cal State Los Angeles, Roybal Center

March 3, noon • Fresno State, Student Union Room 317

March 7, 1 pm • CSU Bakersfield, call for location 661-664-2480

March 8, noon • San Jose State, call for location 408-924-6501

March 9, noon • San Francisco State, call for location 415-338-6232

March 10, 11:30-1:30 • Sacramento State, University Union/Foothill Suite

March 17, 4-6 p.m. • Cal State Long Beach, call for location 562-985-5165

March 21, 11:30 a.m. • San Diego State, Scripps Cottage

March 28, noon • CSU Northridge, call for location and time

April 6, 11:30 a.m. • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, room location TBA

April 7, Noon-2 p.m. • Cal State Fullerton, call for location 714-278-2827

See details about the debate over our pension plan’s future on the CalPERS Pension Debate Information Center at:


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