On Tuesday, April 16, retired and current teachers across Connecticut will gather at the state capital in an effort to lobby for teacher retirement issues. This is in response to recent plans to eliminate state funding to HIPA (the Health Insurance Pension Account –  all current teachers contribute 1.25% from each paycheck, but the state should contribute also), which is in danger of insolvency from years of funding neglect on the part of the state.

The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut is leading the charge. They are encouraging all teachers, current and retired, to contact state and federal legislators and ask that they keep their promises to teachers.

Specifically:

1) Fully fund HIPA

2) Repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision

3) Eliminate the Government Pension Offset

For more information on these issues visit www.ssfairness.com

The ARTCT rally is will start with teachers leaving the Mix Street commuter lot at 9:30 PM on April 16, meeting with ARTCT reps to discuss talking points in the Legislative Office Building, and then meeting with state legislators in their offices from 11:15 AM until noon before having lunch in the Old Judiciary Room of the Capitol Building. At 2:00 PM participants depart and return to the commuter lot at 2:30 PM.

For more information, contact retired teacher Tedd Johnson at 860 677-0367.

 

 

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