Mar 24, 2015

MA Speaker, DeLeo to Take up Early Retirement Bill this Week


The National Association of Government Employees (NAGE) is expecting the Massachusetts House of Representatives to release an early retirement incentive plan for to executive branch employees this week. The incentive was originally put forward by Governor Baker as a way to cut $173 million from the state budget in 2016.
 
House Speaker Robert DeLeo told the State House News Service on March 23, 2015 that the proposal would be taken up by the Ways and Means Committee “relatively soon” and that the bill “will mirror, pretty much, the governor’s proposal in terms of limiting it [early retirement incentive] to the executive branch.”
 
NAGE National President David J. Holway has supported the initiative for some time and was quoted earlier in The Boston Globe, “If the governor believes that the only way to meet the budget shortfall is to cut the workforce, this is a very humane way of doing it and I applaud him for it. I just don’t know if the Commonwealth can fulfill its mission without backfilling a lot of those positions.”
 
In addition, President Holway is urging the legislature to expand the governor’s early retirement bill to include all state employees in the Commonwealth.  NAGE’s request to expand the bill to all our members is based upon fairness and equity and due to a high demand of our members interested in the early retirement proposal. 
 
Currently, the early retirement incentive will offer pension incentives to employees in the executive branch who are 55 and older or have 20 or more years of service. The proposal will open a window for early retirement applications on April 15, 2015 and will close on July 15, 2015.
 
President Holway added, “I am confident that Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dempsey and Speaker DeLeo will act swiftly on this legislation.” NAGE top officials and legislative team members have been advocating in support of the legislation with House leadership and has been a catalyst in pushing the bill forward.
 
We will keep you as up to date on this matter as possible. Please check NAGE.org regularly for updates.
 
Theresa McGoldrick
Unit 6, Local 207 President
 
John Mann
Unit 1 and MA DOT Unit A President
 
Leo Munroe
Unit 3 and MA DOT Unit C President
 
Greg Sorozan
Unit 6, Local 282 President
 
Steven Douglas
Unit 6, Local 308 President
 
Chris Grey
MA DOT Unit D Local 368 President

David Abbott
Trial Court Local 458 President
 
Margaret Thompson
Trial Court Local 229 President
 


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Holway, Baker, Budget, early retirement, State House, NAGE, SEIU
House Ways and Means Chairman, Brian Dempsey
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