A reminder that local Democratic and Republican party conventions will be held Saturday, April 21—a great opportunity for you to help stop the political attack on pensions for school employees and other public servants in Texas. You can attend your party’s county or senatorial-district convention and offer the resolution shown below in defense of your pension benefits. The resolution has been developed for your use by Texas AFT along with other public-employee union representatives of the Texas AFL-CIO.
You can find the location of your county or senatorial-district conventions and more information on the convention process, including submitting resolutions, here:
Resolution Process: http://www.txdemocrats.org/Convention/Resolutions101.pdf
Resolution Process: http://www.texasgop.org/resolutions
It’s helpful to bring several copies of the resolution, labeled with your name and precinct number. You can make sure your voter registration is correct and find your precinct here: https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/voterws/viw/faces/SearchSelectionVoter.jsp
Resolution to Preserve Texas Public Employee Pension Systems
Whereas, professional firefighters, police officers, municipal employees, state government employees, and teachers serve our cities and state,
Whereas, the attacks on teachers, firefighters, nurses and other dedicated public employees in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana are coming to Texas,
Whereas, some business interests want to end traditional pension systems as we know them and convert them to riskier 401(k)-style accounts that would benefit the financial industry, not workers,
Whereas, the majority of Texas public employees, including the vast majority of teachers and other school employees, work for employers that do not participate in Social Security, so that these public employees must depend instead on state and local pension funds to which these employees contribute a substantial portion of their pay,
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Texas _____________ Party adamantly opposes efforts to weaken or dismantle state and/or local pension systems.