Policy Statements

Provide Income Security

Preserve Access to Affordable Health Care Insurance

Protect the Integrity of the Public Service Pension System

Preserve Constitutional Rights

RPEA was on of the first organizations to oppose the 2017 ballot question regarding the convening of a constitutional convention. Voters agreed with us, as the proposal was overwhelmingly defeated.

It was not that long ago when early polls showed public support for convening a Con Con. Additionally, many newspapers across the state endorsed the concept. Facing this uphill battle, RPEA stepped up our efforts to “get the word out”- with obvious success.

As you recall, it was not that long ago when early polls showed public support for convening a Con Con. Additionally, many newspapers across the state endorsed the concept. Facing this uphill battle, RPEA stepped up our efforts to “get the word out”-with obvious success.

Beside numerous articles in our Newsletter and repeated stories in the e-news, RPEA also undertook many advocacy efforts to defeat the Con Con proposal, including taking a booth for all 13 days of the State Fair to disseminate information. More than 1 million people attended the Fair.

We also participated in nearly twenty forum/roundtable discussions across the state regarding the ballot question.

In addition to those activities, RPEA initiated a series of public outreach efforts including letters to the editor, articles, and informational pieces which appeared in the following newspapers/outlets:

Other public education/outreach efforts included the distribution of:

RPEA also partnered with other associations and unions in opposition to the ballot question. All of these efforts paid off with the resounding victory we were able to achieve.

 

Goals

RPEA seeks to preserve and maintain
adequate and affordable health insurance
coverage for every public retiree.

Arbitrary distinctions should be avoided
when pension benefits are improved.
Survivors’ benefits to pensioners’
families should be kept current.

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Improve Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs)
to enable retirees to combat inflation and
maintain their standard of living.

 We advocate for process reform to ensure
openness and accountability in order to
prevent abuse of public pension systems.