Did You Know This About The PERS Pick UP?

Today in Oregon at least 70% of the PERS employees have their employee PERS contributions paid for them by their employer.  The payment of employee PERS contributions by the public employer is known as the PERS pick up.  PERS reports that during the 2011 – 2013 biennium, the PERS pick up will cost $874,000,000.

The public employer’s decision to pick up the employee PERS contributions is made by administrative employees who are PERS members.  If they decide to have the employer pick up the employee PERS contributions their own employee contributions will also be picked up.

$874,000,000 is a lot of money and it could do a lot of good for all of the people of Oregon.  The decision to use it just for the PERS pick up has been made exclusively by PERS members.

The information in this report was found on page 3 of the following PERS publication that can be  found on the Oregon PERS website:  Analysis of PERS Cost Allocation, Benefit Modification, and Financing Concepts, December 1, 2010.


About Dan Re

I am an attorney who has lived in Bend and practiced law since 1981. In educating myself about the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), I was shocked at how the PERS laws were changed by the legislature, once legislators were allowed to join PERS in 1971, 26 years after PERS was first created. Those changes personally benefitted the legislators who made them at the direct financial expense of the people they were elected to represent. That is wrong and I intend to change it. In 2009, I started a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, In RE The People, Inc., for the purpose of informing concerned citizens of what happened regarding PERS and other issues of social and civic importance. I then created this blog to further that objective.
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