Like many of you, I’ve hoped for three or four years now that “this” would be the year. Sadly, with each year that went by, it wasn’t “the” year. And by that I mean, the year that the economy turned around and gave cities and counties the ability to start properly compensating employees. Well, while I hate to jinx it, so far 2013 appears to be the year we have been waiting for.
With still a full five weeks remaining in the annual legislative session, this year does not appear to be one in which major changes will occur that affect CFPBA/PEA members. Two significant proposals are moving in both the House and Senate. The first is a bill that would change the way the Florida Retirement System treats employees who are hired for the first time after January 1, 2014. While the House version would place all employees hired after that date in a defined-contribution plan and prevent them from being part of a traditional, defined-benefit plan, the Senate version of this bill would do this only with those classified as Senior Management Employees or Elected Officials.
Too often it goes without saying, but the work our members do day in and day out often prevent tragedy, heartache and save lives. All in a day’s work. For Sergeant Blake Lanza of the Melbourne Police Department, his quick action was lauded recently as he extracted an unconscious motorist from a burning vehicle.
NAGE has announced its 10th Annual scholarships program. Each year, fifty scholarships in the amount of $500 each are awarded in a lottery.Applicants must be planning to attend or already be attending a two- or four-year college, trade or technical school to be eligible.