For Your Musical Enjoyment

In the world of Oregon PERS, there are three different classes of benefits available to public employees.  The benefit class that an employee is entitled to depends on when that employee was hired.  The best benefits are known as Tier One benefits and they are available to public employes hired before 1996.  The next benefit class is Tier Two.  These benefits are not quite as good as Tier One benefits and they are available to public employees hired between January 1, 1996 and August 29, 2003.  The lowest benefit class, which are for public employees hired after August 29, 2003 are the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan benefits. 

To see the difference between Tier One, Tier Two and OPSRP benefits, go to this website and look at page 3: www.oregon.gov/PERS/docs/general_information/pers_by_the_numbers_2_2011.pdf.

I have attached for your enjoyment a song that I wrote.  It’s called “Give Me Those Tier One Benefits”.  It says that since all Oregonians are being required to fund the Tier One benefits, we should all be entitled to them.  They are the best public employee benefits the world has ever seen.

TIER ONE BENEFITS 10-1-09

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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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