“Washington Education Association President Kim Mead denounced the decision to reduce educators’ pensions. ‘It’s not right for the Legislature to unilaterally cut retirement benefits it promised – and to take away what educators already earned,’ Mead said.
“WEA and other groups sued the state after the Legislature approved the cuts in 2007 and 2011. The Court’s first decision upholds the Legislature’s vote to eliminate gainsharing for WEA members in retirement Plans 1 and 3. The second decision upholds the elimination of uniform cost-of-living adjustments for current and future retired educators in Plan 1…
“Mead said the Legislature has balanced the state budget over the last seven years by slashing educator retirement benefits, underfunding health care and cutting teacher salaries. The cuts in educator compensation total billions of dollars – essentially a tax targeted solely at public school employees and other public workers.
“The Supreme Court’s McCleary decision said Washington must fund public education as the paramount duty of our state, and the Court has specifically stated that educator compensation is included.
“‘If we want to have good public schools and provide the quality education our students deserve, we must provide a compensation package that attracts and retains quality teachers and education support staff,’ Mead said. ‘It’s time for the Legislature to invest in its public school employees instead of asking them to sacrifice even more…’”
from WEA decries court decisions on pension cuts.
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