Issues

Baker Mandates Vaccination for Executive Branch State Workers

Baker Mandates Vaccination for Executive Branch State Workers

House, Senate Discussing Vaccine Requirements for Their Employees

Katie Lannan, State House News Service

AUG. 19, 2021: About 42,000 state employees will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have secured a medical or religious exemption by Oct. 17, or face the risk of consequences including losing their jobs, under an executive order Gov. Charlie Baker signed Thursday.

Weekly Update: Latest Retirement News

Weekly Update: Latest Retirement News

By Shawn Duhamel, Chief Executive Officer

State Pension Fund Sets New Investment Return Record

State Pension Fund Sets New Investment Return Record

FY '21 Gains Neared 30 Percent, Pushed Fund to $95.7 Bil

Colin A. Young, State House News Service

AUG. 3, 2021.....Fiscal year 2021 was a record year for the Massachusetts state pension fund, which closed the one-year period ending June 30 with the highest return in its history and invested assets that swelled to a record $95.7 billion.

Bill Gives Veterans More Runway To Buy Pension Credits

Bill Gives Veterans More Runway To Buy Pension Credits

Katie Lannan, State House News Service

JULY 28, 2021.....A pair of harbormasters and Coast Guard veterans on Wednesday asked lawmakers to approve a bill they said would make things easier on veterans adjusting to civilian life and new government careers.

Breaking News: Gov Rejects Part-Time Work Increase

Breaking News: Gov Rejects Part-Time Work Increase

Sends Back Amended Budget Section 

JULY 19, 2021: Governor Charlie Baker signed the $47.6 billion Fiscal Year 2022 budget on Friday, July 16th. While no changes were made to the State and Teacher retirees COLA or the Group Insurance Commission line items, he did return certain items to the legislature with amended language. 

A special town hall meeting Friday, 6/25

A special town hall meeting Friday, 6/25

June 18, 2021 - Weekly News Update: A big benefit of holding Tele-Town Hall meetings is that they enhance our ability to bring important guest speakers to our members on a regular basis. 

Work Waiver Extension Update – Efforts Still Underway:

Work Waiver Extension Update – Efforts Still Underway:

June 16, 2021- Late last evening, the House and Senate passed a bill that would extend several COVID-19 policy measures that expired when the Governor’s state of emergency was lifted on June 15th. The House passed their version mid-morning and in an unusual move the two versions were sent to conference committee and hammered out the same day. The Senate version included language that would extend the Post Retirement Work Waiver until December 15th, 2021.

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension

Senate Passes Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension

June 10, 2021-Thursday the Senate passed the Post-Retirement Work Waiver Extension amendment as part of legislation that addressed policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current waiver was set to expire when the Governor’s state of emergency order expired on June 15th

Extension of Post-Retirement Work Waiver Before Senate

Mass Retirees Seeks Extension Through Year-End 

June 9, 2021 – On Thursday the state Senate is poised to debate legislation aimed at addressing various public policies related to the COVID-19 pandemic that are set to expire next week when Governor Baker’s Public Health Emergency Order ends on June 15th. Of direct concern to our Association is the expiration of the post retirement work waiver that has been in place since March 2020.

National Support for WEP Reform Grows

The following state and national public retiree associations, public employee unions and retirement advocacy organizations have each publicly endorsed H.R. 2337, Congressman Richard Neal's Social Security WEP reform proposal.

Endorsements of the Public Servants Protection & Fairness Act of 2021 (HR 2337)

National groups: