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Legislators are back in their districts! Many are running for office! Now is the time to communitcate with each of them. Plan 1 members need to thank them for the small boost they gave us last session but we also need to let them know we expect them to be as equitable with the Plan 1 members as they are with other retirement plans! Plan 2 and 3 members need to remind them that they are also watching their pension benefits and will stand strong to protect them.

Starting in July there will be a one time 1.5 % COLA for every Plan 1 member. Retirees that receive the minimum benefit or the alternative minimum benefit will also still receive their automatic COLA of up to 3 %. Also added for retirees over 65 on PEBB Health Care is an $18 increase in their monthly benefit. Are school retirees satisfied?? NO ! Health care costs soared and the cost of health care insurance has increased over $50 for the monthly cost. Plus since the legislators killed the Uniform Cola for Plan 1 members, they have lost 12% to 25% of their purchasing power. Yes, an improvement was received in the last session but not what we deserved. We need to continue to be vigilant, vigorous and vocal.

2018 is an election year for all House members and for about half of the Senate. Our members need to be aware and informed. We need to see that our voices are heard by those legislators.

Retirees on Plans 2 and 3 will receive an inflation based COLA on beginning on July 1st. Here are some of the issues we as your WSSRA State Legislative Team worked on this past session and will be working on in the 2019 Legislative session.

  1. There was legislation that would have allowed coaches and classified retirees the ability to work in retirement before the age of 65. This legislation died in the Senate but passed in the house.
  2. HB 1560 would have made Plan 2 ( defined benefit pension) the default pension option for new employees who do not choose a plan. This passed the House and died in the Senate. We will sponsor this bill again in the upcoming session.

We, as a clear voice, are making an impact. All 147 legislators spoke of the barage of retirees contacted them....using letters, email, phone calls and even personal visits. Now we need a barage of our active members to do the same! And we need many many more active members. Now is the time for all those still in the trenches to add their voices to our message. That way when it is their turn to be a “retiree” they will have their benefits ready for their use!

We are now laying the groundwork for the 2019 session. We want to be sure your concerns are expressed and represented in the 2019-2020 budget!

Barbara Robinson
WSSRA Legislative Committee
WSSRA Membership Committee
Skagit Island San Juan Unit 21 Membership Chair
Website Contributor


January 26, 2018

To: WSSRA Legislative Email Distribution List

This is an urgent legislative action alert. You need to act if a Plan 1 COLA is important to you.

Four Plan 1 COLA bills have received public hearings and are sitting in committee waiting for a vote. House Bill 2511 is in the House Appropriations Committee. Senate Bills 6290, 6305, and 6340 are in the Senate Ways and Means Committee. The deadline to move these bills out of committee is February 6th.

If your legislators are on House Appropriations or Senate Ways & Means Committees, please ask them to vote Plan 1 COLA legislation out of committee. If they are not on those committees, ask them to talk with their colleagues who are. A draft message could read:

Senator / Representative ______ , Please vote a Plan 1 COLA bill out of committee. This is extremely important to me and my former colleagues. It has been nearly eight years since the state has granted a COLA for Plan 1 retirees. Every other retirement plan receives a COLA EVERY YEAR! This is unfair and inequitable, especially since these plans are predominately women and widows, while the plans that receive COLAs are dominated by men. It's not about money, it's about priorities. When will retirees who devoted their careers to the children of the this state be a priority?

The time to act is now. If a COLA is important to you, this is your chance. The legislature will not be in session again until 2019. Contact information for House Appropriations Committee Members and Senate Ways and Means Committee Members is listed below.


Peter Diedrick, Legislative Director
Washington State School Retirees' Association
(360) 413-5496

For contact information, click here: Legislator Contact Information. Personal legislator emails all use the format of If you don't want to send an email, you can call the legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000.

Senate Ways and Means Committee:

Christine Rolfes, Chair, 23rd (Kitsap County) (360) 786-7644
David Frockt, Vice-Chair, 46th (Seattle) (360) 786-7690
Andy Billig, 3rd (Spokane) (360) 786-7604
Reuven Carlyle, 36th (Seattle) (360) 786-7670
Steve Conway, 29th (Tacoma) (360) 786-7656
Jeannie Darneille, 27th (Tacoma) (360) 786-7652
Bob Hasegawa, 11th (Renton) (360) 786-7616
Sam Hunt, 22nd (Olympia) (360) 786-7642
Karen Keiser, 33rd (Sea-Tac) (360) 786-7664
Mark Mullet, 5th (Snoqualmie) (360) 786-7608
Kevin Ranker, 40th (San Juan County) (360) 786-7678
Jamie Pedersen, 43rd (Seattle) (360) 786-7628
Guy Palumbo, 1st (Bothell) (360) 786-7600
Kevin Van De Wege, 24th (Port Angeles) (360) 786-7646
John Braun, 20th (Chehalis) (360) 786-7638
Jim Honeyford, 15th (Yakima) (360) 786-7684
Barbara Bailey, 10th (Island County) (360) 786-7618
Randi Becker, 2nd (Yelm) (360) 786-7602
Sharon Brown, 8th (Tri-Cities) (360) 786-7614
Joe Fain, 47th (Covington) (360) 786-7692
Ann Rivers, 17th (Clark County) (360) 786-7632
Mark Schoesler, 9th (Ritzville) (360) 786-7620
Judy Warnick, 13th(Kittitas County) (360) 786-7624
Keith Wagoner, 39th (Monroe) (360) 786-7676

House Appropriations Committee:

Timm Ormsby, Chair, 3rd (Spokane) (360) 786-7604
June Robinson, Vice-Chair, 38th (Everett) (360) 786-7864
Steve Bergquist, 11th (Renton) (360) 786-7862
Eileen Cody, 34th (Seattle) (360) 786-7978
Joe Fitzgibbon, 34th (Seattle) (360) 786-7952
Drew Hansen, 23rd (Kitsap County) (360) 786-7842
Zack Hudgins, 11th (Renton) (360) 786-7956
Laurie Jinkins, 27th (Tacoma) (360) 786-7930
Ruth Kagi, 32nd (Seattle) (360) 786-7910
Kristine Lytton, 40th (San Juan County) (360) 786-7910
Eric Pettigrew, 37th (South Seattle) (360) 786-7838
Gerry Pollet, 46th (Seattle) (360) 786-7886
David Sawyer, 29th (Tacoma) (360) 786-7906
Tana Senn, 41st (Mercer Island) (360) 786-7894
Larry Springer, 45th (Kirkland) (360) 786-7822
Derek Stanford, 1st (Bothell) (360) 786-7928
Pat Sullivan, 47th (Covington) (360) 786-7858
Steve Tharinger, 24th (Port Angeles) (360) 786-7904
Bruce Chandler, 15th (Yakima) (360) 786-7960
Drew MacEwan, 35th (Mason County) (360) 786-7902
Drew Stokesbary, 31st (Auburn) (360) 786-7846
Vincent Buys, 42nd (Whatcom County) (360) 786-7854
Michelle Caldier, 26th (Bremerton) (360) 786-7802
Cary Condotta, 12th (Wenatchee) (360) 786-7954
Larry Haler, 8th (Tri-Cities) (360) 786-7986
Paul Harris, 17th (Clark County) (360) 786-7986
Matt Manweller, 13th (Ellensburg) (360) 786-7808
Terry Nealy, 16th (Walla Walla) (360) 786-7828
Joe Schmick, 9th (SE Washington) (360) 786-7844
David Taylor, 15th (Yakima) (360) 786-7874
Brandon Vick, 18th (Clark County) (360) 786-7850
Mike Volz, 6th (Spokane County) (360) 786-7922
JT Wilcox, 2nd (Yelm) (360) 786-7912

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10th District

Senator Barbara Bailey
1098 IRV Newhouse Bldg.
P.O. Box 40410
Olympia, WA 98504
Representative Dave Hayes
467 John O'Brien Bldg.
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Representative Norma Smith
435 John O'Brien Bldg.
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504

39th District

Senator Kirk Pearson
115D IRV Newhouse Bldg.
P.O Box 40439
Olympia, WA 98504
Representative Dan Kristiansen
335C Legislative Bldg.
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Representative Jeff Morris
436 A. Legislative Bldg.
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504

40th District

Senator Kevin Ranker
215 John A. Cherberg Bldg.
P.O. Box 40440
Olympia, WA 98504
Representative Jeff Morris
436 A Legislative Bldg.
P. O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504
Representative Kristine Lytton
310 John A. Cherberg Bldg.
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504