Employees advised they can oppose pension changes
BATON ROUGE- The civil service department is advising Louisiana's state employees that they can talk with lawmakers, testify at legislative hearings, attend public rallies and otherwise express their views on Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals to change their retirement benefits and contributions.
The Advocate reports that the department issued a memo telling rank-and-file employees about their rights. Civil Service director Shannon Templet said Wednesday that was in response to a flood of state employee inquiries since Jindal announced the pension legislation.
The proposals would require state employees to contribute more to their retirement, while reducing benefits and increasing the retirement age. Jindal says he's trying to shrink state retirement liabilities while providing sustainable benefits.
The Louisiana State Employees Retirement System opposes some of the proposals, arguing they break a contract with employees.