The Headquarters Office will be closed on Friday, July 29, 2016, which is the day after the conclusion of General Assembly 2016. We will reopen for business on Monday, August 1, 2016.
RESIGNATION OF RPEA PAST PRESIDENT, HARVEY ROBINSON
For personal reasons, RPEA Past President, Harvey Robinson, has made the decision to resign from his duties. Following some lengthy discussions with Harvey, we can only honor his decision.
Harvey has been a very active member of RPEA Chapter 004 – SACRAMENTO since he joined the Association in 2003, serving as Chapter Vice President, Health Benefits Chairperson and Legislative Chairperson. Harvey also served on the RPEA Board of Directors in the positions of Director of Health Benefits; Chair of the Health Benefits Committee; Chair of the CalPERS Long Term Care Committee and Area Director VII. He has also been a member of the General Assembly Nominating, Strategic Planning and Public Relations Committees. Harvey served as RPEA State President from 2009 to 2012.
Harvey’s experience and knowledge of RPEA and the pension and health benefits system will be difficult to replace. We wish him well.
CalPERS Names Marcie Frost as New Chief Executive OfficerMarcie Frost as New CEO
If you are interested in attending the great California State Fair, perhaps a day or so before the upcoming General Assembly in Sacramento, here’s a chance to do something for RPEA at the same time. By purchasing your tickets online and using our special code RPEA2016 when instructed, the sum of $1.00 for each ticket purchased comes back to RPEA.
President George Linn’s was recently interviewed on ABC10’s Sac & Co. Click the link below to watch:
RPEA President, George Linn, is pleased to announce his appointment of Chapter 001 – MID CITIES President, Kathleen Collins, to the position of Interim Area Director VIII. Since Kathleen joined RPEA in 2012 she has served Chapter 001 as Vice President and Newsletter Editor. She has held the position of Chapter President since 2014. Kathleen will be fully-appointed as Area Director VIII at General Assembly 2016, which is scheduled for July 25 through July 28, 2016.
RPEA is a non-profit association of retirees and active employees who are members of the California Public Retirement System (CalPERS). Our mission is important:
While we encourage participation in one of our 85 chapters, most of our members participate by reading our bi-monthly newsletter, giving us feedback on their needs, and enrolling in one or more of our "members only" insurance programs.
At $4.50 per month, RPEA is a bargain hard to resist. We need you and you need us — to support our fight to protect our pensions and benefits.
RPEA has over 26,000 members; with 85 active chapters in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Oregon.
RPEA was founded in 1958 as an association to protect and enhance retirement benefits for all Public Employees who receive their pension or health benefits from the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS).
RPEA is the only statewide association representing all PERS Retirees: State, Classified School and Public Agency.
RPEA retains a professional lobbyist who represents our interest before the Governor, Legislators and CalPERS Board. We also have access to a federal lobbyist who keeps us informed on federal retiree issues.
RPEA continues an active and ongoing relationship with CalPERS serving on their Advisory Committee concerning CalPERS plans and proposals. We also monitor every CalPERS Committee and frequently testify at these meetings on behalf of our members.
Every RPEA member receives a bi-monthly statewide newsletter with general information and legislative, and health care updates.
RPEA offers a variety of discount programs for our members.
The General Assembly is composed of delegates from every chapter and is the governing body of the association. The authority and responsibility of the elected Board of Directors is defined in the association's Constitution, Bylaws and Policy File.
RPEA’s State Board of Directors is composed of four officers, five directors (Legislation, Membership, Public Relations, Health Benefits, Member services) and nine area directors. Each area director has a number of assistant area directors who together assist some eighty-five active chapters.
RPEA was established to protect and enhance retirement benefits for its members.
RPEA's ever increasing influence in the retirement community is solely dependent on membership support.
The New Reed/DeMaio Initiatives
Comments from RPEA President George Linn
The expensive, incendiary and promise-breaking challenges that California retirees have confronted over the past several years have been oftentimes been linked to the efforts of Reed and DeMaio.
The initiative process in our state creates an open avenue for demagogues with money to make a run at shaping public policy from their own narrow viewpoint. We have seen several efforts by former San Jose Mayor, Chuck Reed, and former San Diego councilmember, Carl DeMaio, to make scapegoats out of public employees and blame our retirements for being the cause of any and all economic problems in California.
RPEA has been in the forefront of undermining their efforts to pass an initiative that would cripple retirement benefits—an initiative that has at times included decimating the retirement benefits of those who have already retired. Yes, a second bite at the apple for those who don’t believe that the contract made with retired employees is sacrosanct.
Reed and DeMaio are extremists who have taken advantage of people’s fears and employed the ugliest kind of fear-mongering. They have not been successful because public employees have refused to allow them to advance punitive ideas at the expense of employees who have done their jobs well and are entitled to security in their retirement years.
We have written extensively about Reed and DeMaio. We have also participated in developing a strategy for responding to them with the simple facts regarding the vibrancy that a healthy retirement system brings to the California economy.
Earlier this month, Reed and DeMaio retreated yet again and withdrew an initiative that was deservedly excoriated by policymakers and failed to get the support of either major party.
Today, they have come back with a re-drafted initiative that they intend to put on the ballot. Our legislative advocate, Aaron Read, did an immediate reading of the proposal. He quickly surmised that it cut from the same cloth as those that preceded it.
Specifically, for all new hires after January 2019, it caps the amount of money an employer can pay for retirement – miscellaneous employees are capped at 11% and public safety at 13%. Really? The authors knew from the get-go what Aaron spotted immediately, which is that such a drastic reduction will close existing plans, and the costs will skyrocket.
The course for RPEA is obvious. We will continue to oppose Mr. Reed and Mr. DeMaio and the attacks they continue to make against honest Californians. Please don’t sign any initiative that has their name attached to it.