FPF Call to Action – Call The Following Legislators To Oppose FRS Pension Reform

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February 3, 2013

Originally posted: February 1, 2013

Provided by: David Stokes – Fellow Public Employee, Firefighter.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,I know you are all following the proposed legislation to close the Florida Retirement System, and reform of the Local pension plans.  For good or bad the legislation is tied together and the harm done to either will inevitably impact the other.

The FRS bill was filed yesterday and it does as Speaker Will Weatherford  and President Don Gaetz have both promised, close the Florida Retirement System pension plan forever, beginning January 1, 2014.  If you have any misconceptions that this only affects new hires, you are seriously mistaken.  The most current actuarial study says that employer costs will steadily increase for firefighters and police for the next 29 years, and increase the current employer-employee contribution rates from 14% to 39%.  Does anyone believe FRS employers will pay 39% of payroll to continue benefits for current employees?   The only alternative will be to reduce benefits and/or increase employee contributions.  The result of the recent Supreme Court decision on employee contribution rates can be raised at anytime without any limits.   Multipliers (remember the 3% to 2% reduction), years of service, Cost of Living Adjustments and disability benefits can be changed at any time.

Even more egregious is the proposed legislation eliminates any death or disability benefit for any Special Risk member hired after 2014.  That means that your partner sitting in the seat next to you if he or she is killed in the line of duty, the spouse and children will receive no pension or benefit for the rest of their lives.  They simply get a refund of their contributions and the state is resolved any further responsibility.  If your partner were to be permanently disabled during a fire or other emergency, contracts an infectious disease, has a heart attack, ditto, the spouse and children get the contributions refunded, no pension, no disability, not even a sorry for your loss!  How do you think new firefighters will react when going in harms way, knowing that their families will be left alone and destitute.

There is no financial justification for this action, the Florida Retirement Trust Fund is nearly 90% funded and its earnings have tripled its projected rate of return.  Even Governor Scott in his 2014 budget message said “Florida’s pension plan is on a sound actuarial basis and one of the best-managed plans in the country.”

So what can you do, well to begin with our voices have to be heard.  Every member of FRS or anyone who feels that this change is uncalled for and unfair should call, email and visit the offices of their legislators.  This should start with a daily call to the House Speaker and Senate President as they are the leaders of these changes.  Their contact information is:

Will W. Weatherford (Republican) Speaker of the House

Florida House District 38 Term Limits Out in 2014

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District Address:

28963 State Road 54
Wesley Chapel, FL
33544-3218
Phone: (813) 558-5115
Fax:

Legislative Address:

420 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5038
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Joy HamptonRalph Lair

District Secretary:

Robin Ringeisen

Email:

will.weatherford@myfloridahouse.gov

Don Gaetz (D) (Republican) President of the Senate

 

Florida Senate District 1 Term Limits Out in 2014

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District Address:

Suite 230
4300 Legendary Drive
Destin, FL
32541
Phone: (850) 897-5747
Fax: (888) 263-2259

Legislative Address:

212 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5001
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Eric EdwardsMichael ByrneAshley KitterMelissa Ullery

Email:

gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov

 

These are the House Government Operations Committee members who will be voting next Thursday please call each of them and if you live in or near their districts an office visit is worth a hundred times more. Is it worth 20 minutes of your time to have your voice heard and to keep your pension?

 

 

Jason T. Brodeur (Republican)

Florida House District 28 Term Limits Out in 2018

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District Address:

Suite 208
114 West First Street
Sanford, FL
32771-1273
Phone: (407) 302-4800
Fax:

Legislative Address:

218 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5028
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Katie Flury

District Secretary:

Jonathan Little

Email:

jason.brodeur@myfloridahouse.gov

Larry Ahern (Republican)

Florida House District 66 Term Limits Out in 2018

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District Address:

Suite 101 BB&T Bank
5511 Park Street North
St. Petersburg, FL
33709-6399
Phone: (727) 545-6421
Fax:

Legislative Address:

200 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5066
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Ashley Overend

District Secretary:

Jenine Thornley

Email:

larry.ahern@myfloridahouse.gov

Irving ”Irv” Slosberg (Democrat)

Florida House District 91 Term Limits Out in 2018

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District Address:

Suite 200
7499 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL
33446-1394
Phone: (561) 496-5940
Fax:

Legislative Address:

1401 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5091
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Krista Ziehler

District Secretary:

Lawrence Victoria

Email:

irving.slosberg@myfloridahouse.gov

Frank Artiles (Republican)

Florida House District 118 Term Limits Out in 2018

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District Address:

Suite 115A
13501 Southwest 128th Street
Miami, FL
33186-5862
Phone: (305) 252-4300
Fax:

Legislative Address:

317 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5118
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Raena Wright

District Secretary:

Beatriz Lopez

Email:

frank.artiles@myfloridahouse.gov
Daphne Campbell (Democrat)

Florida House District 108 Term Limits Out in 2018

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District Address:

Suite 309
9999 North East 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL
33138-2346
Phone: (305) 795-1210
Fax:

Legislative Address:

1101 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5108
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Nadlie Charles

District Secretary:

Albertha Patterson

Email:

daphne.campbell@myfloridahouse.gov

Neil Combee (Republican)

 

 

W. Travis Cummings (Republican)

Florida House District 18 Term Limits Out in 2020

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District Address:

Suite 2
580 Wells Road
Orange Park, FL
32073-2979
Phone: (904) 278-5761
Fax:

Legislative Address:

1102 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5018
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Sandy Matthews

District Secretary:

Spencer Braddock

Email:

Travis.Cummings@myfloridahouse.gov

Erik Fresen (Republican)

Florida House District 114 Term Limits Out in 2016

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District Address:

Suite 1
6080 Bird Road
Miami, FL
Miami, FL 33155-5249
Phone: (305) 663-2011
Fax:

Legislative Address:

222 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5114
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

David Winialski

District Secretary:

Alicia Araya

Email:

erik.fresen@myfloridahouse.gov

Reggie Fullwood (Democrat)

Florida House District 13 Term Limits Out in 2018

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District Address:

Suite 402
101 East Union Street
Jacksonville, FL
32202-3065
Phone: (904) 353-2180
Fax:

Legislative Address:

1401 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5013
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Earl Jones

District Secretary:

Jackie Boyd

Email:

reggie.fullwood@myfloridahouse.gov

Marlene O’Toole (Republican)

Florida House District 33 Term Limits Out in 2016

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District Address:

916 Avenida Central
The Villages, FL
32159-5704
Phone: (352) 315-4445
Fax:

Legislative Address:

313 House Office Building
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5033
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Joshua Blake

District Secretary:

Dana Coleman

Email:

marlene.otoole@myfloridahouse.gov

Ricardo Rangel (Democrat)

Florida House District 43 Term Limits Out in 2020

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District Address:

704 Mabbette Street
Kissimmee, FL
34741-5154
Phone: (407) 518-0043
Fax:

Legislative Address:

1101 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5043
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Al Yorston

District Secretary:

Jennifer Marquez

Email:

Ricardo.Rangel@myfloridahouse.gov

Daniel D. Raulerson (Republican)

Florida House District 58 Term Limits Out in 2020

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District Address:

Suite 204
110 West Reynolds Street
Plant City, FL
33563-3379
Phone: (813) 757-9110
Fax:

Legislative Address:

1102 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5058
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Amber Smith

District Secretary:

Robyn Bryant

Email:

Dan.Raulerson@myfloridahouse.gov

Ritch Workman (Republican)

Florida House District 52 Term Limits Out in 2016

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District Address:

Suite D
33 Suntree Place
Melbourne, FL
32940-7602
Phone: (321) 757-7019
Fax:

Legislative Address:

317 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL
32399-1300
Phone: (850) 717-5052
Fax:

Legislative Assistant:

Bethany Iliff

District Secretary:

Emily Bleecker

Email:

ritch.workman@myfloridahouse.gov

Secondly, the bill will be introduced next Thursday in the House Government Operations Subcommittee;

every committee member should receive a call daily asking them to oppose Proposed Committee Bill  GVOPS 13-01.  We are planning many other efforts to deliver our message from social media, press, statewide mailings and rally’s, your help will be critical.  This is our first step in a multi-faceted campaign, I hope we can count on each of you. 

Fraternally,

Gary Rainey, President
Florida Professional Firefighters

Source: IAFF Local 2546 website: http://www.iaff2546.com/?zone=%2Funionactive%2Fview_article.cfm&HomeID=270609

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