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Location:111 W. Monroe Rd Suite 1200

             Phoenix,  AZ 85003

Phone:(602) 254-8474 Office

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Email:  Jason Stokes - President

           Colleen Lockwood -

           Vice President  

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ASPTEA members can now sign up for Aflac at discount Rates! 

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ONE STEP CLOSER TO TIER 2 RELIEF
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At Wednesday's City Council meeting, we took another step closer to fixing the crushing pension contribution requirements affecting our Tier 2 employees.  The Council voted 5-3 to approve ballot language that will reduce pension contributions to a level below the current state contribution, save taxpayers $40 million and improve the City's ability to recruit and retain employees.

As the August election approaches, expect to be bombarded with information from both sides.  What is important to remember is that this solution is a true compromise.  Councilman Diciccio stated in the meeting that unions support this because it's good for the employees.  The truth is, if this passes, Tier 3 employees gain nothing.  In fact, they are reducing their benefit so that they can reduce their cost.  They are giving up sick leave service credit and receiving a cap on the amount of their pensionable income.  The only aspects I like about this from a labor standpoint is that Tier 2 employees are charted to pay up to 17% of their income in pension contributions and this will fix that.  This plan will also make sure we stop having City Managers bloat their pensions at our expense.  Soon you will see some comparisons as to what Frank Fairbanks' and David Cavazos' pensions would have looked like if they were Tier 3 employees.  You will be surprised!

As we move closer to the August election, it is critically important to stay informed and vote.

If you have any questions, please call the office.

Jason

Below are a couple of related articles:

Council Pension Item

City Manager's Letter to Republic

 

Mike Cusimano Education Award Program
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Each year ASPTEA presents four $800 educational awards to the children/legal dependents of our members.  If you have a dependent that is college bound or currently attending a college or university, don't miss out on this opportunity.

Click the link for the application and more information.

 

Mike Cusimano Education Award Program Flyer

TIER 2 RELIEF PASSES FIRST HURDLE
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At last night’s (3/4/2015) City Council meeting, the Council voted to approve the Ad-hoc Pension Reform Committee’s recommendation and forward a proposition to the voters to create a tier 3 pension plan and cap tier 2 contributions at 11%.  I spoke in support of the proposal as did the Presidents of Units 2 & 3 and the Representative of unit 1.  Scott Mussi of the dark money Arizona Free Enterprise Club, and the architect of Prop 487, spoke in opposition (I don’t think he even lives in Phoenix).  The passage of this proposal is great news for tier 2 employees, the City’s ability to recruit and retain and the taxpayers.

 

Mayor Stanton called to the rest of the Council to support a resolution asking the state legislature to work with public safety to reform PSPRS, which is the true pension cost that has been strangling city finances.

 
What was disturbing last night was that Councilman Gates attempted to throw our current DCP plan into the reform mix.  His attempt failed.  Expect some discussion on this topic at the next Council meeting.  It is clear that some of our Council members lack a basic understanding of what our DCP program is.  Others are more committed to a political agenda than their duty to represent the interests of Phoenix residents.  In the time leading up to the next Council meeting, I will be working with city management and the other labor groups to educate them that our DCP plan is not a “second pension”.  It is a savings program that has no unfunded liability and the city contributions came in lieu of wages.
 

If you have questions, concerns or would like more information don’t hesitate to call the office.

Jason
 
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WHY I SUPPORT THE PROPOSED PENSION REFORM


On March 4, 2015, the Phoenix City Council will vote on the Ad Hoc Pension Committee’s recommendation to once again place a measure on the ballot to further reform the City of Phoenix pension plan  (COPERS), the third in as many years.  I want to assure all of you that ASPTEA has worked closely with the Mayor, members of the City Council, the City Manager’s Office and the Ad Hoc Committee to ensure this  recommendation does not impact Tier 1 employees.  The recommendation solves some of the largest problems created by the last pension reform, provides relief to the escalating contribution rate that Tier 2 employees face and creates a fair and sustainable pension.  It saves the city an additional $2 million dollars annually for the next 20 years on top of the previous reforms and does not risk costly court battles.

 

This proposal protects defined benefit pensions for future generations.  It allows the city to regain the ability to recruit and retain the highest caliber employees so that we can continue to provide the superior service our citizens deserve.  These changes also allow the city to regain the ability to compete with other cities, the county and the state for the best, brightest and most dedicated.


This proposal creates a cap on pensionable income at $125,000.  All earnings in excess of that amount will earn a 2% DCP contribution.  More importantly, that change finally addresses the real pension spiking problems that have made headlines in the past.  If adopted, no longer will City Managers be able to take $80,000 bonuses or 30% pay raises at the expense of our pension fund. 


While this reform does nothing to address the lion’s share of the pension issue, the state run Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), it does show Phoenix’s commitment to fiscal responsibility as well as its workforce.


The vote to approve this recommendation is scheduled for the March 4th agenda (Item 51).  I encourage all of you to call, write or e-mail the Mayor and your City Council member and insist they vote in favor of this proposal.   


Additionally, demand that your Mayor and Council take a stand and support Police and Fire in their efforts to obtain similar reforms from the state legislature.  The excuse that Phoenix can’t control what is done at the Legislature does not relieve our Council of the duty to try.  Until PSPRS is reformed, our best efforts will continue to fall short in addressing the larger problem. 


If you have questions, concerns or would like further information, please call or e-mail me.      

Jason Stokes
602-254-6320
jstokes@asptea.com

 
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Megan Lange Memorial Fund         

Megan Lange was a Phoenix Fire Department dispatcher who was tragically killed on her way home from work in an automobile accident involving an alleged wrong-way driver.  Megan leaves behind her husband and two young children whose lives have been shattered by this tragic event.  The link below will give you the opportunity to contibute some much needed monetary assistance to the Lange family in their time of need.  All donations are being administered by the United Phoenix Firefighters Community Charities, a registered 501c3 charity.





On-going Request for Leave Donations
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Release time is utilized for employee representation during PMG appeals, investigatory processes, grievance preparation, and the day-to-day management of the office.  


We are asking for your support and participation in this effort and hope that you will decide to Opt in your donation of three hours or more. Attached to this message is the donation form.  Please show your commitment to preserving your benefits and future security.  


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Year 1 & 2 Concessions


Year 1 (FY 2014/15)
Reduce Deferred Compensation from 5.16% to 3.06% (a 2.10% decrease) in 2014-15.

Year 2 (FY 2015/16)
Reduce Deferred Compensation from 3.06% to 1.91% (additional 1.15% decrease) in 2015-16.