TSEU Organizer Contact: ANY TSEU AREA OFFICE
Building the movement for a Cost of Living Adjustment for retired state employees (ERS)
On Wednesday April 20th, the House Appropriations Subcommittee held a hearing at the Texas Capitol to discuss the issue of providing a cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) for retired state employees who receive their pensions from the Employee Retirement System (ERS). Late last year, Speaker of the House Joe Straus charged the Appropriation Committee to investigate methods to provide state retirees with a long over-due pension increase. State retirees in ERS have not received a pension increase since 2001 and the average ERS pension is only $1600.
[ongoing] Letter writing campaign
If you haven’t already, write a letter to the House Appropriations Committee explaining why state retirees desperately need a COLA in 2017!
Sample letter, addresses, and MORE DETAILS
We are TSEU members of the Retiree Organizing Committee (ROC). We are TRS and ERS retirees from state agencies and universities. We are building a strong union of retirees to fight for: a cost-of-living increase for TRS and ERS annuitants; keeping the ERS and TRS pensions secure; keeping the health care benefits affordable. JOIN TODAY! (see more below the Caucus information)
ROC Caucus Legislative Goals: 2017-18
Because there has been no pension increase in more than 15 years, enact pension increases for ERS and TRS that reflects the increase in the cost-of-living since 2001
Make an immediate cash infusion in the state pension funds. Provide ongoing cost-of-living increases to pension recipients
No cuts to retiree health care benefits
No conversions to defined contribution plans for either pensions or health care
STATE PENSION FACT SHEET – download PDF
Upcoming/Recent Caucus Events
ROC CAUCUS ‘Mini’ LOBBY DAY: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Held at our Austin, TSEU office, our Retiree ‘Mini’ Lobby Day is a great way to shine light on issues specific to state retirees. We will have a brief strategy session at the office before going to the capitol to lobby our state legislators and staff.
THIS IS EVENT REQUIRES AN RSVP. Please contact the Austin, TSEU office if you are interested in attending (512.448.4225)
Attend a ROC meeting!
Several area ROC ‘chapters’ have regular monthly meetings, luncheons, and other events. Please contact the TSEU office associated with that meeting for event verification and other details.
- Austin – 1st Thursday every month
12:00pm / Austin TSEU office (1700 S. 1st St)
(call 512.448.4225 for specifics)
- Dallas – 4th Wednesday, even numbered months
11:30-1:30pm / Highland Park Cafeteria (Casa Linda Plaza, N. Buckner at Garland Rd.)
- Houston – 3rd Thursday, even numbered months
3:30pm / Houston office (9247 S. Main)
- Rio Grande Valley – 2nd Tuesday every month
12:00pm / rotating location
- San Antonio – 3rd Tuesday every month
5:00pm / San Antonio TSEU office (454 Soledad St. #R-200)
- Tarrant County – Every other month, odd numbered months
11:30am-1:30pm / Spring Creek BBQ (3608 S. Cooper, Arlington)