HB 303 Withdrawn !!

HB 303 Withdrawn !!

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Congratulations, Florida House Bill HB 303 affecting the benefits for the Florida Retirement System was withdrawn this afternoon by Representitive Costello!  Your calls and actions had an impact!

  • Linda

    This is great news!

  • Tbare03

    for now…

  • Mike

    Don’t let your gaurd down, they will be back. I don’t trust them.

  • http://www.passingnotes.net Chris

    I believe that we are far from being out of the woods. If we have any chance at all in beating back the bad bills that I’m certain will come, a mass unified communication effort aimed at individual representatives by their constituents will be needed. Elected officials must be made to realize that they are in office only by the grace and will of the electorate, not by the will of the plutocracy and corporations. While a small but pwerful few can affect the attitudes of our representatives, it still takes a majority of voters to win seats.

    Thanks for your efforts, FRS Optiions!

  • Jcdeputy33

    this a great victory for those of us in high risk retirment

  • Redcap

    Good news but stayed tuned. This is just the beginning of an attempt to cut back FRS benefits.

  • KKD

    A W E S O M E !!!!!!!!

  • Roz

    Let’s hope they don’t come up with something worse. We need to watch them carefully.

  • Interested75

    Awesome is right! Thanks FRSOptions for making the facts available quickly and demystifying some of the more difficult things to understand. To everyone reading this blog, this should only be considered a small victory because undoubtedly there is more to come. The key to winning the battle is to STAY ORGANIZED, STAY INFORMED and SPEAK out. The real power is with the people. Don’t allow the legislature to think the opinions of frs members, their families and friends are too few and your efforts are too unorganized to make a difference. Stay vigilant!!!

  • http://www.floridaretirementsystem.info FRS Options

    Approved

  • Martinez2972

    Don’t these politicians have better things to do? For example, cut the perks, amenities, benefits that come at taxpayers’ expense when one is elected to office. Leave the little people alone!

  • Fdusn

    I say grandfather us in dont take what we see at the end. The new hires wont miss it if they never had it. Imagine taking away something u strive for and those close to the end at 20 years or so to pull the plate of the final reward away from them?

  • Judith

    To all the teachers, firefighters, police, etc. We must all work together and be diligent. We have worked very long and hard for our benefits and must unify so that ” we the people” don’t lose all that we have worked for. The fight is not over yet. We must keep a close eye on these politicians who seem intent on disrupting our lives!!!!

  • Mtelegdy

    Great work by all of us to put this JERK Costello in check! HOWEVER, DON’T BE FOOLED!!! BE VIGILANT IN MONITORING THE HOUSE AND THE SENATE THAT YHEY JUST DON’T PUT LIPSTICK ON A PIG AND REINTRODUCE A SIMILAR BILL IN EITHER THE HOUSE OR SENATE! KEEP UP THE GOOD FIGHT AND OUR VOICES, EMAILS, and LETTERS WERE HEARD LOUD-and-CLEAR! STILL LET YOUR STATE SENATOR AND REP KNOW JOW DISGUSTED YOU WERE THAT SOME FRESHMAN REP HAD THE AUDACITY TO PLAY WITH OUR FINANCIAL WELL-BEING! AGAIN, GREAT JOB TO ALL AND FRSOPTIONS FOR KEEPING US VIGILANT!

  • Kkoon1

    Pension reform is inevitable however, it needs to begin as a fresh start with new hires. Those of us who are already enrolled should be grandfathered in with present benefits.

  • http://www.floridaretirementsystem.info FRS Options

    Thank You.

  • http://www.floridaretirementsystem.info FRS Options

    Thank You

  • FMedic

    For those of you saying to sacrifice the new hires, what is wrong with you.. We are the brothers that carry on and fight side by side. As a 20yr veteran I am disgraced by this mentality. Honor.. Duty.. Country.. Tradition…..

    People sacrificed before us and will continue to sacrifice after us….Let’s not forget where we come from and that we were all rookies at one time.

  • Brenda Lowell

    Glad that this issue has been shelved for now, but I don’t think it is going away. I know that hard times have hit, and they will be looking for further cuts down the road. It seems a shame that they always look at our meager salaries. We need to be ever vigilant.

  • dan

    To use overtime in defining pension benefits has long been used and abused. You all patting yourselves on the back for maintaining this raping of the public finances should be ashamed of yourselves.

  • http://www.floridaretirementsystem.info FRS Options

    Possibly used, I would argue with abused. As we see it, overtime is fair compensation for duty above and beyond, why should it not count? Unused vacation days and sick time maybe stacking the deck, but overtime is time worked, and compensation received isn’t it?

  • Jjwhmc

    Isn’ it funny that the state wants to affect everyone in FRS even though they pay only for thier state employees. The local governments are footing the bill for each of thier employees. The state manages the fund an earns interest on the deposits. Leave us alone. Take your profits and turn them into some other cost saving venture.

  • http://www.floridaretirementsystem.info FRS Options

    I would argue you don’t let them divide FRS participants and conquer, vested or new, it is the same job and should have the same benefits. If the new hires in your job aren’t worthy of the benefits, who is to say the vested employees with your job are? ALL FRS Participants should stand together for the benefits they deserve.

  • http://www.floridaretirementsystem.info FRS Options

    I will re-iterate FRS Options concern with abandoning New Hires. If the legislature feels new people that are hired for YOUR job don’t need the same benefits, what makes you believe they will think vested employees doing the SAME job should have better benefits.

  • Hoflum

    Let the Politicians set the example with the Florida Pension and accounability but teachers are always the scapegoat.

  • Jgfla

    Those of us currently in DROP should get all that was promised. If we need to reform, then cut benefits some for those in the middle of their working careers so they have time to create options, and then tier it again for new hires who have the full time to create IRAs and whatever else is needed. I am not claiming fairness here, but a graduated change is the way to go if we have to.

  • gizmo

    It’s not over yet, I heard the bill will be re-introduced on Feb. 14. I do not know the specifics.

  • gizmo

    If or when DROP is dropped, who ever is in the program will be paid off and terminated.COLA will be discontinued, except for those already retired.

  • almost there

    Yes Governor, take our earned benefits away, end DROP, you’ll have lots of positions available, of course, the fact that you wont have any qualified applicants doesn’t seem to concern you. Short sightedness in the 1st degree. So, here is my question to you, if experienced personnel are non-essential, how about letting FDLE staff your protection detail with brand new rookie agents instead of seasoned and trained ones. Does that work for you too?

  • Mscorrofcsgt

    HB303 was not withdrawn because of calls or the PBA. If you read the small print you will notice that they need to change the language in the bill and pass a law that the employees/retirees can’t sue over a breach of contract that they agreed to along with the staff member who joined DROP. Dept. Corrections employees haven’t had a raise in over five (5) years! The cost of gas, food, etc. has gone up; but NOT our paychecks. The retirement plan is the only incentive left for hiring good staff for the DOC. Once they take that away, where is the motivation to stay at a low paying and unappreciated job. We work with dangerous and crazy inmates. We are surrounded with gang members and inmates that just don’t respect law enforcement officers. We have seen our brothers/sisters killed in the line of duty, and not to mention the numerous assaults that correctional officers have been subjected to and luckily survived. Our senators and state representatives have the perfect retirement plan. Just work for one term and they are entitled to retirement pay and don’t have to depend on social security, as they have their own benefits that the rest of us are not privy to. Wake up people, UNITED WE STAND or DIVIDED WE WILL FALL! Every day citzens do not realize the sacrifices we make protecting them from convicted felons. They need to be made aware that we deserve our retirement package. If this HB303 is reintroduced (and it will be) we need to fight back. At least grandfather in the staff that these benefits were promised to when hired. The new hires can be asked to contribute to their retirement, that is if they can find new hires willing to work for low pay and really no benefits to speak of. I wonder if they can meet critical compliment on all the shifts at all the prisons in the State of Florida. We need to watch this closely!

  • Marcia

    It is great news I have worked for the State for 30 years. I did not think that it was fair to have the rug pulled under me at this late date. I was not mentally and financially ready to retire at the end of 2012. Let’s hope there is no other surprises for us.