Call to Action – Protect Your Pension

CB033389APA Members and Friends of the APA,

Now is time to initiate phase two of our operational plan to beat back the retirement proposals made by Sen. Steve Yarbrough and Speaker Kirk Adams. I request that each of you to reach out to their extended family members and friends asking them to support our cause. I also ask that each of you reach out to your community groups and ask them to support your association in this public pension fight. We need tons of e-mails, phone calls and letters made to ALL members of the legislature.

Please consider sending an email, like the one below, with your own personal testimonals.

Dear Elected Member of the Legislature,

The Arizona Police Association appreciates the time, your dedication and your efforts to meet the daunting challenges facing Arizona today. We all understand that hard decisions must be made on a variety of issues facing this state. However, one issue that is not a daunting issue facing this state is the stability of our public safety and correction officer retirement systems.

You have seen and heard of the police opposition to the current proposal being pursued in the Arizona House of Representatives. Through various means we have tried to influence provisions within this bill only to have our efforts rebuffed by a “political ideology stance” taken by the bill’s authors. We understand this issue is one of a national interest to certain political factions but it is not the dangerous issue in Arizona. We have offered solutions to our pension to fix the problem in the long term only to have those ideas thrown on the proverbial scrap heap.

I ask you now on behalf of all frontline officers in the state of Arizona to support us in the fight against the pension provisions contained within SB 1609. I ask you for your full support, in the same manner and vigor that you asked us for support you in the last election cycle, to stop this bill from becoming law. We put our faith and trust in you and now I must ask you to show us that you have the same faith and trust in us.

I ask you formally now to “protect the protectors” using whatever means you have at your proposal to stop this bill, in its current form, from passing into law.

Sincerely,

(Your name and Local Association name here)

This e-mail and phone call campaign needs must start now and must not stop until either the bill becomes law, is tremendously amended or is stopped at the legislative level. E-mail address, fax and phone numbers to legislators can be found at www.azleg.gov. Download an editable excel worksheet here with all the member’s contact info: AZ HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS. Contact the governor’s office at: http://www.azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp

Sincerely,

Brian L. Livingston

Executive Director, Arizona Police Association

EMAIL ALL THE LEGISLATORS BY COPYING AND PASTING THEIR EMAILS FROM BELOW:

eableser@azleg.gov
kadams@azleg.gov
lalston@azleg.gov
barredondo@azleg.gov
cash@azleg.gov
bbarton@azleg.gov
kbrophymcgee@azleg.gov
jburges@azleg.gov
chcampbell@azleg.gov
hcarter@azleg.gov
tchabin@azleg.gov
scourt@azleg.gov
ccrandell@azleg.gov
jdial@azleg.gov
kfann@azleg.gov
sfarley@azleg.gov
efarnsworth@azleg.gov
jfillmore@azleg.gov
tforese@azleg.gov
rgallego@azleg.gov
sgonzales@azleg.gov
dgoodale@azleg.gov
dgowan@azleg.gov
rgray@azleg.gov
ahale@azleg.gov
jharper@azleg.gov
mheinz@azleg.gov
khobbs@azleg.gov
rjones@azleg.gov
pjudd@azleg.gov
jkavanagh@azleg.gov
dlesko@azleg.gov
ddavis@azleg.gov
nmclain@azleg.gov
jmesnard@azleg.gov
emeyer@azleg.gov
cmiranda@azleg.gov
rmiranda@azleg.gov
smontenegro@azleg.gov
jolson@azleg.gov
lpancrazi@azleg.gov
dpatterson@azleg.gov
fpratt@azleg.gov
tproud@azleg.gov
areeve@azleg.gov
brobson@azleg.gov
msaldate@azleg.gov
cseel@azleg.gov
dsmith@azleg.gov
dstevens@azleg.gov
atobin@azleg.gov
atovar@azleg.gov
mugenti@azleg.gov
surie@azleg.gov
tvogt@azleg.gov
jweiers@azleg.gov
jpweiers@azleg.gov
bwheeler@azleg.gov
vwilliams@azleg.gov
kyee@azleg.gov
paboud@azleg.gov
sallen@azleg.gov
fantenori@azleg.gov
nbarto@azleg.gov
abiggs@azleg.gov
sbundgaard@azleg.gov
ocajerobedford@azleg.gov
rcrandall@azleg.gov
adriggs@azleg.gov
sgallardo@azleg.gov
rgould@azleg.gov
lgray@azleg.gov
ggriffin@azleg.gov
jjackson@azleg.gov
lklein@azleg.gov
llandrum@azleg.gov
llopez@azleg.gov
jmccomish@azleg.gov
amelvin@azleg.gov
rmeza@azleg.gov
rmurphy@azleg.gov
jnelson@azleg.gov
rpearce@azleg.gov
spierce@azleg.gov
mreagan@azleg.gov
dschapira@azleg.gov
dshooter@azleg.gov
ksinema@azleg.gov
stevesmith@azleg.gov
syarbrough@azleg.gov

WATCH THE “RESCUE THE RESCUER” AD- AIRING NOW!

WATCH APA TESTIFY ON SB 1609 ON YOUR BEHALF MARCH 22ND:

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF SB 1609:

Current Employees and Retirees:

The COLA is based on a market value assumption. This is important because the existing Excess Earnings Fund will be able to pay out a COLA for the next two years but after that it may 15-20 years before another COLA is issued. (Retirees and Current Members)

Employees will be expected to pay 11.65% contribution rate in three years. 2% July 2011, 1% July 2012, 1% July 2013.

Drop is eliminated for those with 5 years or less service. Those between 5-20 years will have to pay contributions into the fund when they enter DROP with interest rates dropping on these accounts. Those with 20 years of more service no change in DROP.

Return to work – Penalty payment assessed.

New Hires:

Many changes to the system for people not yet employed.

Other Issues for ALL:

Commission of a class five felony (not conviction) – This would result in forfeiture of your pension.

Military and in-state service – prior service purchase restriction (Not much info on this provision as of yet)

They are also going to study disability payments to all persons so classified in the next two years. This means there is a possibility that disability pensions will be targeted in the future for reduction or elimination.CB033389APA Members and Friends of the APA,

Now is time to initiate phase two of our operational plan to beat back the retirement proposals made by Sen. Steve Yarbrough and Speaker Kirk Adams. I request that each of you to reach out to their extended family members and friends asking them to support our cause. I also ask that each of you reach out to your community groups and ask them to support your association in this public pension fight. We need tons of e-mails, phone calls and letters made to ALL members of the legislature.

Please consider sending an email, like the one below, with your own personal testimonals.

Dear Elected Member of the Legislature,

The Arizona Police Association appreciates the time, your dedication and your efforts to meet the daunting challenges facing Arizona today. We all understand that hard decisions must be made on a variety of issues facing this state. However, one issue that is not a daunting issue facing this state is the stability of our public safety and correction officer retirement systems.

You have seen and heard of the police opposition to the current proposal being pursued in the Arizona House of Representatives. Through various means we have tried to influence provisions within this bill only to have our efforts rebuffed by a “political ideology stance” taken by the bill’s authors. We understand this issue is one of a national interest to certain political factions but it is not the dangerous issue in Arizona. We have offered solutions to our pension to fix the problem in the long term only to have those ideas thrown on the proverbial scrap heap.

I ask you now on behalf of all frontline officers in the state of Arizona to support us in the fight against the pension provisions contained within SB 1609. I ask you for your full support, in the same manner and vigor that you asked us for support you in the last election cycle, to stop this bill from becoming law. We put our faith and trust in you and now I must ask you to show us that you have the same faith and trust in us.

I ask you formally now to “protect the protectors” using whatever means you have at your proposal to stop this bill, in its current form, from passing into law.

Sincerely,

(Your name and Local Association name here)

This e-mail and phone call campaign needs must start now and must not stop until either the bill becomes law, is tremendously amended or is stopped at the legislative level. E-mail address, fax and phone numbers to legislators can be found at www.azleg.gov. Download an editable excel worksheet here with all the member’s contact info: AZ HOUSE AND SENATE MEMBERS. Contact the governor’s office at: http://www.azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp

Sincerely,

Brian L. Livingston

Executive Director, Arizona Police Association

EMAIL ALL THE LEGISLATORS BY COPYING AND PASTING THEIR EMAILS FROM BELOW:

eableser@azleg.gov
kadams@azleg.gov
lalston@azleg.gov
barredondo@azleg.gov
cash@azleg.gov
bbarton@azleg.gov
kbrophymcgee@azleg.gov
jburges@azleg.gov
chcampbell@azleg.gov
hcarter@azleg.gov
tchabin@azleg.gov
scourt@azleg.gov
ccrandell@azleg.gov
jdial@azleg.gov
kfann@azleg.gov
sfarley@azleg.gov
efarnsworth@azleg.gov
jfillmore@azleg.gov
tforese@azleg.gov
rgallego@azleg.gov
sgonzales@azleg.gov
dgoodale@azleg.gov
dgowan@azleg.gov
rgray@azleg.gov
ahale@azleg.gov
jharper@azleg.gov
mheinz@azleg.gov
khobbs@azleg.gov
rjones@azleg.gov
pjudd@azleg.gov
jkavanagh@azleg.gov
dlesko@azleg.gov
ddavis@azleg.gov
nmclain@azleg.gov
jmesnard@azleg.gov
emeyer@azleg.gov
cmiranda@azleg.gov
rmiranda@azleg.gov
smontenegro@azleg.gov
jolson@azleg.gov
lpancrazi@azleg.gov
dpatterson@azleg.gov
fpratt@azleg.gov
tproud@azleg.gov
areeve@azleg.gov
brobson@azleg.gov
msaldate@azleg.gov
cseel@azleg.gov
dsmith@azleg.gov
dstevens@azleg.gov
atobin@azleg.gov
atovar@azleg.gov
mugenti@azleg.gov
surie@azleg.gov
tvogt@azleg.gov
jweiers@azleg.gov
jpweiers@azleg.gov
bwheeler@azleg.gov
vwilliams@azleg.gov
kyee@azleg.gov
paboud@azleg.gov
sallen@azleg.gov
fantenori@azleg.gov
nbarto@azleg.gov
abiggs@azleg.gov
sbundgaard@azleg.gov
ocajerobedford@azleg.gov
rcrandall@azleg.gov
adriggs@azleg.gov
sgallardo@azleg.gov
rgould@azleg.gov
lgray@azleg.gov
ggriffin@azleg.gov
jjackson@azleg.gov
lklein@azleg.gov
llandrum@azleg.gov
llopez@azleg.gov
jmccomish@azleg.gov
amelvin@azleg.gov
rmeza@azleg.gov
rmurphy@azleg.gov
jnelson@azleg.gov
rpearce@azleg.gov
spierce@azleg.gov
mreagan@azleg.gov
dschapira@azleg.gov
dshooter@azleg.gov
ksinema@azleg.gov
stevesmith@azleg.gov
syarbrough@azleg.gov

WATCH THE “RESCUE THE RESCUER” AD- AIRING NOW!

WATCH APA TESTIFY ON SB 1609 ON YOUR BEHALF MARCH 22ND:

MAJOR HIGHLIGHTS OF SB 1609:

Current Employees and Retirees:

The COLA is based on a market value assumption. This is important because the existing Excess Earnings Fund will be able to pay out a COLA for the next two years but after that it may 15-20 years before another COLA is issued. (Retirees and Current Members)

Employees will be expected to pay 11.65% contribution rate in three years. 2% July 2011, 1% July 2012, 1% July 2013.

Drop is eliminated for those with 5 years or less service. Those between 5-20 years will have to pay contributions into the fund when they enter DROP with interest rates dropping on these accounts. Those with 20 years of more service no change in DROP.

Return to work – Penalty payment assessed.

New Hires:

Many changes to the system for people not yet employed.

Other Issues for ALL:

Commission of a class five felony (not conviction) – This would result in forfeiture of your pension.

Military and in-state service – prior service purchase restriction (Not much info on this provision as of yet)

They are also going to study disability payments to all persons so classified in the next two years. This means there is a possibility that disability pensions will be targeted in the future for reduction or elimination.