TSEU Organizer Contact: KEVIN PARIS – 512.448.4225

Building the movement for a Cost of Living Adjustment for retired state employees (ERS)

membersTestify[april 20] TSEU retirees testify for a pension increase

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. READ MORE

160615-ROC-letters[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




TSEU-Retiree Mini-Lobby Day 2015

TSEU-Retiree Mini-Lobby Day 2015

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)

An open letter from members of the TSEU R.O.C. Caucus .


ROC Caucus Legislative Goals

capitol_headerA.  Full funding for the ERS and TRS pensions
B.  Cost-of-living increases for all TRS and ERS retirees
C.  No cuts to retiree health care benefits



Upcoming/Recent Caucus Events

We had a great gathering for our statewide caucus meeting.  At the top of our discussion, the ongoing fight for a Cost of Living Adjustment in our pensions (see more at the top of this page).  For a full re-cap of this event or for information on our next statewide meeting, please contact your local TSEU office or Kevin Paris in the Austin TSEU office (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.)
      (call 214-942-4305)
    • Houston – 3rd Thursday, even numbered months
      3:30pm / Houston office (9247 S. Main)
      (call 713-661-9030)
    • Rio Grande Valley – 2nd Tuesday every month
      12:00pm / rotating location
      (call 956-428-0251)
    • San Antonio – 3rd Tuesday every month
      5:00pm / San Antonio TSEU office (454 Soledad St. #R-200)
      (call 210.354.2900)
    • Tarrant County – Every other month, odd numbered months 
      11:30am-1:30pm / Spring Creek BBQ (3608 S. Cooper, Arlington)
      (call 214-942-4305)


To start your membership in TSEU-ROC, fill out one of the following membership forms and return it to the Austin TSEU office (1700 South 1st Street / Austin, TX 78704).  TSEU-ROC membership dues are $9.00/month.