The following New Paragraph supplements the information contained in my post of September 17, 2013 about PERS Justice in Oregon and SB 822. It further illustrates the absolute power PERS members have over the PERS laws and the injustice that has been forced upon the people of Oregon. PERS was not originally set up this way. During its first twenty-five years, legislators and judges were not PERS members. During this period, PERS retirement benefits remained constant at 50% of final average salary after a full career. Only after legislators were allowed to join in 1971 by the Attorney General did the benefits escalate and only after judges were forced to join PERS did the judges decide that PERS benefits were a contract that only PERS members could modify. I believe that the PERS changes made by PERS legislators and PERS judges are invalid. I am dedicated to having those laws and court decisions thrown out.
NEW PARAGRAPH: In addition to the PERS conflict of interest that exists for the Supreme Court justices and the special master in the SB 822 litigation, there is another player in the lawsuit that also has the same conflict. One of the parties to the suit is the State of Oregon, which represents the interests of all Oregonians. The State of Oregon is represented in the lawsuit by the Oregon Attorney General and Assistant Attorney Generals. All of those persons are also PERS members and if SB 822 is upheld, the stand to lose retirement benefits. It is beyond dispute that the PERS justice system in Oregon is totally controlled by PERS members.