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House, No. 552

Presented by: Representative Thomas A. Golden, Jr.

Petition of Thomas A. Golden, Jr., and others for legislation to place campus police officers and institutional fire fighters in Group 4 of the contributory retirement system for public employees.

The Massachusetts State Board of Retirement classifies state employees under four categories: Group 4 covers police and some correction officers; Group 3 covers State Police; Group 2 covers employees that include mental health hospital attendants, county elevator maintenance men, municipal electricians, juvenile probation officers, some correction officers, and court officers. Everyone else falls under Group 1, including social workers in the DSS.

01/26/05 H Referred to the committee on Public Service
01/26/05 S Senate concurred
Public Hearing date Oct 20 am at 10:30 in Room B-1 Members appointed to the committee:

Buoniconti of Hamden
Tolman of Second Suffolk and Middlesex
Joyce of Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth
Hart of First Suffolk
Hedlund of Plymouth and NorfolkKaufman of Lexington
Murphy of Weymouth
Kafka of Stoughton
Greene of Billerica
Khan of Newton
Fresolo of Worcester
Eldridge of Acton
Pignatelli of Lenox
Rush of Boston
Smola of Palmer
Poirier of North Attleboro

Interested parties should e-mail their representative posting in favor of this bill. =D>
 

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Good Idea.

However..................

Hasn't this been killed in committee 1/2 dozen times before?
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Anybody report back that went to the hearing?

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Greetings!


Below is a report on the campus police retirement bill, which was heard by the Public Service Committee a week or so ago. Please forward this to your campus police officers so they can be kept informed. Thanks!

- Andi

Boston - AFSCME CAMPUS COPS TESTIFY FOR GROUP 4

At a hearing for the legislature's Joint Committee on Public Service last week, AFSCME Council 93 Local Leaders and members from both Higher Education and Human Services offered compelling testimony in support of AFSCME legislation to move Campus Police Officers to Retirement Group 4.

Sgt.. Dean Bruno led a contingent of officers from Salem State College as the first panel to testify before chairman Kaufman and the assembled committee members. Sgt.. Bruno offered more enlightening testimony about the severe demands a career in law enforcement takes upon the life expectancy of those who "protect and serve."

"The Salem State College community is as large and diverse as many served by our counterparts in municipal service" said Sgt. Bruno. The failure of the retirement system to recognize the value of our service is an injustice that demands to be remedied.

Council 93 Executive Board member Frank Minton followed with the next panel of witnesses. Brother Minton is stationed at Tewksbury State Hospital. he was joined by fellow officers from the Fuller and Lindemann Centers in Boston, and all painted a picture of a force of officers whose duties have expanded at a remarkable clip. These systems need to move their most difficult cases, they are moved to the care and custody of these AFSCME members. the expanded forensic population is only one of many added demands that have been placed upon this last bastion, and Brother Minton and his colleagues were eloquent in their candid presentation.

During a very telling exchange, State Rep. Kay Khan of Newton, a psychiatric nurse by training and a member of the Committee, took the opportunity to commend the officers, providing firsthand praise from someone who knows the key role they play within the system.

No other employee organization appeared in support of this legislation.

AFSCME Council 93's Legislative Office will keep all interested parties apprised of the progress of this legislation.

The Committee will now consider this bill along with the other group reclassification bills before it. We do not expect action on this bill for at least several weeks, but will keep you posted as we move forward. In the meantime, thanks to all who attended -- it was an impressive presentation!

*forwarded from newsletter
 

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What's encouraging is to see the EOHHS & BHE cops united together on a common front like testifying at the state legislature.
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Unfortunately for AFSCME, Council 93 has been doing all the work that Local#1067 should have done and been doing YEARS AGO!!!!!
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GO MCLEA!!!!!!! (All state campus agencies eventually)
 
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I believe the Boston Housing Police got Group 4 a few years ago, you might want to check with their union people to see how they went about it.
 
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