From Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: Save public employee pensions

I am reaching out to you today to ask you to be a part of something big.

Teaching is hard work that takes dedication. I overcame many challenges to be a teacher of students with special needs in Kentucky and I’m very proud of what I did. I did everything I was supposed to. I worked hard, saved and contributed to my community. I am now retired and living off the pension I earned.

If you value the hard work of all the public workers who maintain the foundations of our communities – our schools, our roads, our VA hospitals, our courtrooms – then we need your help. If you believe that every Kentucky worker deserves an adequate economic foundation upon which to have a dignified, productive and creative life then I am here to recruit you. Your neighbors need you.

Governor Bevin and the Kentucky legislature are planning to roll out changes to Kentucky’s public pension system this week that will hurt public workers, breaking the promise of a public pension and stripping our public servants of the benefits they have earned. Legislators have only paid the legally required payment into the pension fund for7 out of the last 21 years all while giving out billions of tax breaks to millionaires and corporations. And now they’re blaming us state workers and trying to cut our benefits. This isn’t right! 

We need you to raise your voice and stand with me and the rest of our public workers.

NOW: Contact Your Legislators and the Governor
All of Kentucky’s legislators will be having meetings tomorrow and we believe they will release some outline of their plan afterwards. Early reports suggest these changes are a blatant attack on public workers. Our legislators need to go into those meetings knowing that their constituents are watching and will not allow them to do this. In the next 24 hours, we need an outpouring of calls, tweets and emails to the governor and your legislators. Tell them: 

“Don't gut the pensions of our state workers. Instead fund them as you are legally required to do. ....(insert personal concerns/personal story here).... Kentucky should be closing tax loopholes for corporations and millionaires, not stealing what public workers have earned and paid for. A pension is promise. Don’t cut it, fund it.

Please consider writing a Letter-to-the-Editor in your local paper or writing a post on your social media pages as well. We need everyone to hear about this.

THIS WEEK: Get Informed and Get Involved
The governor and legislature are going to try to push these illegal and immoral attacks on public workers during a special legislative session sometime between now and the beginning of December. Join our webinar on Thursday, September 12 at 7 p.m. EDT to learn about these attacks on our public workers, how did we get here, and where do we go from here. RSVP HERE. At the end of the webinar we will tell folks how they have take action in the coming weeks. In the meantime, learn more and sign the petition on our website.

The only way we’re going to stop these attacks on our public workers is if you get involved. We need you in this fight.

Rosanne Klarer
KFTC member, Scott County

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