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      Please Watch Your Mail Box for Your Ballot - Complete and Return or Use the Instructions to Vote On-Line.

      We encourage retirees to vote and share the information provided.  Make your choice for the person you believe will best serve the interests of current and future retirees. 

      Ballots for the retiree representative to the PERS Board of Trustees will be mailed out on March 17, 2023.  The deadline for receipt of ballots is April 21, 2023.

      The candidates for RETIREE REPRESENTATIVE are Bonnie Granger and George Dale.  

      Having retired members on the PERS Board that support maintaining existing benefits of PERS for current and future retirees is critically essential.  

      MRPEA is providing Candidate Qualifications, Candidate Surveys, and historical information about the recent vote of the PERS Board to increase employer contribute rates:  

      Bonnie J. Granter (Ocean Springs)

      -Loyola University School of Law, Juris Doctorate
      The University of Southern Mississippi, master's
      Hattiesburg Public School District, chief financial officer
      Certified Public Accountant
      Attorney, Mississippi, and Louisiana

      I have vast knowledge and experience in government finance.  My career began with the State Auditor's Office and transitioned into public school district finance, where I served three districts as Finance Director.  I received my Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and my law degree from Loyola University.  I am a licensed CPA and an attorney in Mississippi.  My experience gives me an unparalleled advantage in understanding the PERS system.  I strongly support maintaining both the health and member benefits of the PERS system for current and future retirees.  Thank you for your support.  

      George R. Dale (Clinton)

      -Mississippi College, master's
      Mississippi Department of Insurance, commissioner
      Moss Point High School:  teacher, coach, and principal 
      Administrative Assistant to Governor Bill Waller

      I am completing my first term as a member of the PERS Board.  It has been an honor to serve.  During my term, I have not missed a board meeting.  When I started on the PERS Board, we had a cash reserve of approximately 26.5 billion dollars.  That amount has increased to around 36 billion dollars.  This board has been very conservative with your retirement funds.  I have championed the idea that retired teachers collect their pension but be allowed to work under contract with the public school system.  I would appreciate your vote.  

      Recent vote of the PERS Board to increase employer contribution rates: At its meeting on December 20, 2022, the PERS Board, based on recommendations of the system’s actuaries and staff, voted to increase employer contributions to make PERS benefits sustainable now and into the future. An excerpt from the PERS Board Meeting Minutes that includes the vote of each member is below for your review.


      Minutes | Board of Trustees

      Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi

      December 20, 2022 | PERS Board Room

      Page 4

      Motion: To increase the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi employer contribution rate from 17.4 percent to 22.4 percent as of October 1, 2023.

      ·       Made by: McCoy.

      ·       Seconded by: Hanna.

      ·       Discussion: None.

      ·       Voting for: Benson, Breland, Hanna, Howard, McCoy, Rutledge, and Smith.

      ·       Voting against: Dale, Graham, and McRae.

      ·       Absent: None.

      ·       Duly Passed

      Candidate Surveys:


      George Dale’s Answer

      Bonnie Granger’s Answer

      Do you philosophically support defined benefit plans vs. converting to a 401-K plan?



      If elected, will you support the State maintaining the current retirement system benefits including the Cost-of-Living-Adjustment (COLA)?

      Yes, unless necessary to save the plan


      Do you believe that benefits should ever be reduced for:

           Existing Retirees?



           Current Retirees?



           Future Retirees?


      No, unless no other option

      Do you support adjusting employer contribution rates in accordance with the recommendations of the actuary and state law should that become necessary in the future to maintain the current solvency of the system?

      Yes. While actuary recommendation is important, there are many factors to consider.



      Call your Mississippi House of Representatives NOW!  Vote "No" on House Bill 605

      If voted into law, this bill would allow the legislature to have veto power over the PERS Board.  It would greatly hinder the PERS Board's ability to make fiscally responsible decisions for the system and allow the legislature to tie the Board's hands when making contribution increases. 

      This bill affects ACTIVE members just as much as it would retired members!  

      We cannot overstate how dangerous this would be for the health of the PERS retirement system.  We ask you to call your legislators and let them know that, as a PERS member, you do NOT support this bill!  

      NOTE:  The legislature already has representation on the PERS Board and this member is present when votes occur.  The Legislature is completely aware of any decisions made in PERS Meetings!

      Please share this with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to call as well!  

      Link to the Mississippi House Roster:   http://www.legislature.ms.gov/legislators/house-roster/

      Link to Mississippi House Bill 605: https://legiscan.com/MS/bill/HB605/2023

      PROFAM Legislative Meeting 2018
      Members are listening to Executive Director Pat Robertson from PERS
      PROFAM Legislative Meeting 2018
      Members met with House Representative Jeff Hale from District 24 on the final day of the PROFAM Legislative Meeting
      President Bass - Habitat for Humanities Build
      In September, President Bass assisted the Jackson Habitat for Humanities with a home in the downtown Jackson area.
      Laurel Fire Department Receives New Charter
      Welcome IAFF Local 207!
      Ridgeland FD wins 2015 Dragon Regatta
      Congratulationts to Ridgeland FD - first place for overall fastest time and t-shirt design
      Kris Carmichael plays "Amazing Grace" on the pipes at 9/11 Services at the State Cathedral
      9/11 Memorial Service at St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral
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      Roy Reed Educational Seminar
      09/23/23 - Kansas State Council of Fire Fighters
      The KCK Professional Fire Fighters Association will host an IAFF Partnership Education Program (PEP) Training Event at the Kansas Roy Reed Educational Seminar on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023 at Holiday Inn Express, in Kansas City, KS. All PEP workshops are designed to be interactive and engage students, and will be delivered by IAFF PEP instructors who have a vast amount of union knowledge and skills.
      2023 Minnesota Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service
      09/22/23 - IAFF Local S-6
      Since 1881, 243 Minnesota firefighters have died in the line of duty. Since 2011, a memorial service has been held on the last Sunday in September to honor these men and women. This day has been designated as the state’s official day to honor Minnesota’s fallen firefighters.
      PFAS in Turnouts and Best Practices
      09/22/23 - IAFF 7th District
      It is a fact that PFAS is in our turnouts that we don every shift, adding to our risk of contracting cancer.  Attached is information you may find useful to share with members and talk with management about.  This is just a stop gap until there are PFAS free turnouts available to us.
      Nomination of Fire Captain Chis Parsons
      09/21/23 - IAFF Local 21
      This morning the Minnesota Professional Fire Fighters at their 87th convention in Austin, MN, made it their first order of business to historically confer upon our brother, Christopher J. Parsons, the honor of President Emeritus.  Chris' mother was in attendance to receive the award.
      09/20/23 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Good afternoon, The 8th Annual BFit Challenge has been announced, it will take place January 28, 2024 at the TD Garden.  This is a Group 1 day & D Vacation Group.  Interested members please contact me prior to signing up so we can have the appropriate amount of people per team.
      October Meeting Notice
      09/19/23 - IAFF Local 42
      IAFF Local 244 Kids Halloween Party 2023
      09/19/23 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Local 244 Kid’s Halloween Party!! Costumes Welcome! The 2023 Annual Kid’s Party will be held on Sunday, October 22, 2023, at Main Event from 10:00am(check-in)-2:00pm. Please text/call Kelly with Local 244 @ 505-288-2313 before October 10, 2023 for your family's reservation, an RSVP is required.
      2023 Chrirtmas Party Room Reservation Link Info
      09/19/23 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      The IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party will be held on Friday December 15, 2023, at Sandia Resort & Casino. The link for HOTEL RESERVATIONS is now available for this year’s IAFF Local 244 Christmas Party. To find out more information & to get the link, select this article. The cut-off date for room reservations is November 15, 2023.
      09.23.2023 | VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
      09/18/23 - IAFF Local 21
      Dear Brothers and Sisters, Local 21 is teaming up with the MDA for in person Fill the Boot again this year. However, we are trying a new way. The Saint Paul Saints have generously agreed to have us before their game this Saturday! I am asking for 6 volunteers to come with your gear, and help Fill the Boot for the MDA before the game.
      McIntyre for Mayor
      09/18/23 - IAFF Local 1164
      Your Livonia Professional Firefighters are proud to endorse Kathleen McIntyre for Mayor of Livonia. Kathleen McIntyre is an ardent supporter of Livonia's public safety and will maintain that commitment beyond her campaign.
      Friday Update 9-1-23
      09/15/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      PFFNH ALTS Scholarship
      09/15/23 - PFFNH
      The 2023 ALTS Scholarship period is open for PFFNH Locals! The board will be accepting applications from September 15 through October 10 for consideration. Please find more information in the member's only section.
      PROSTATE CANCER RESEARCH funded at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
      09/14/23 - Lets Fire Cancer
      Members of the Prostate Cancer Research Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.  pose with YOUR recent $25,000. donation to their program. "THANK YOU".
      LUNG CANCER RESEARCH in Philadelphia funded.
      09/14/23 - Lets Fire Cancer
      A $25,000. research grant was recently made to Lung Cancer Translation Center of Excellence (Lung Cancer Research Program) at Abramson Cancer Center Philadelphia, Pa. "THANK YOU"!Posing with YOUR donation are members of the research team (L to R) Christina W. Davis, MD, SteveM. Albelda, MD and Corey J. Langer, MD.
      September '23 Update
      09/13/23 - IAFF Local 1747
      Here are a few updates from the Executive?Board after the September Union Meeting, thank you to everyone who attended. Our next membership meeting will be held on October 5th at Station 46, starting at 6pm.  New Phone App Launches  After launching our new website this summer, we are now rolling out a phone application to go with it.
      Members at 9/11 Memorial Ceremony
      09/11/23 - IAFF Local 739
      Members from Local 739 and Chief Sullivan attended the 9/11 Memorial Service at the State House remembering the fallen firefighters and paramedics on 9/11. Members also honored Al Ancrum's brick being added to the Fallen Fire Fighter's Memorial at the State House.
      09/11/23 - Cambridge Fire Fighters
      Brothers and Sisters, Rashid Sbay from Professional Ambulance is asking for our help to donate and share the link below. He is heading down to Morocco to help earthquake victims and will be working with physicians and other medical professionals to provide front line care. Donations will be used for temporary shelter, water purifiers, and cooking equipment.
      9/11 | 2023 Saint Paul Firefighters IAFF Local 21 WILL NEVER FORGET
      09/11/23 - IAFF Local 21
      09.11.2023 | 9/11 Memorial Stair Claim
      09/09/23 - IAFF Local 21
      All other FD friends, or anyone who wants to remember the fallen on 9/11, please come to the science museum stairs on the day to walk, run, get up the stairs however you can.  Saint Paul Fire Department Peer Fitness is hosting a memorial climb that morning.  We will have bagpipes to kick off the memorial at 830, with the climb to start at 8:46 when the first tower was hit.
      September 10, 2023: Ct. United Ride Canceled
      09/08/23 - UPFFA
      We wanted to let you know due to the SEVERE WEATHER FORECAST and putting safety first, the decision was made to cancel Sunday’s Connecticut United Ride event for the first time in 20 years.
      Off-duty Livonia police officer critically injured in crash
      09/07/23 - IAFF Local 1164
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      Supporting our Brothers & Sisters in Maui
      09/07/23 - IAFF Local 3631
      Last week, your OC Firefighters, through our firefighter-run non-profit, the Fallen Firefighters Relief Fund, presented a $50,000 check to Hawaii Firefighters Local 1463 to help those firefighters who lost their homes. We created this fund to help our Firefighters in Orange County and across the nation who selflessly respond even as their own families and homes are in danger.
      Heroes for Hounds
      09/07/23 - IAFF Local 3631
      We celebrated National Dog Day on August 26th and partnered with The Little Red Dog to help find homes for these amazing dogs with our Heroes For Hounds program! The link for our adoptable dogs can be found at, Dogs to Adopt (thelittlereddog.org).  Our adoption application can be found here: Dog Adoption Form (thelittlereddog.org).
      09.18.2023 | First Responder Golf Tournament
      09/06/23 - IAFF Local 21
      Blood Drive
      09/05/23 - IAFF Local 311
      You are officially invited to participate in our 12th Annual 9/11 Never Forget Blood Drive, just about a week away! On behalf of the Madison Police Department, Madison Fire Department, and the American Red Cross, we will once again be sponsoring the 9/11 Never Forget Community Blood Drive.  This year we are at a new location… Garver Feed Mill.
      Local 21 Regrets to Announce the Passing of Retired Fire Captain Holace Nelson
      09/05/23 - IAFF Local 21
      Friday Update 9-1-23
      09/05/23 - IAFF Local 1014
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      09/02/23 - IAFF Local S-6
      Local 21 Regrets to Announce the Passing of Retired Firefighter Joe Mudzinski
      09/01/23 - IAFF Local 21
      08.31.2023 | Shane Clifton WOD
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      1. It'll be out on the pad tomorrow, not in the east bay. 2. There will be granola bars, apples, bananas and brats to eat. 3. The event kicks off at 0900. The first heat starts at 930ish, the  3 more after, aiming for 1030, 1130 and 1230, hoping this helps with coordinating with your district if you want to come out. 4.
      August 30, 2023: Signing of Public Act- Coverage for certain Cancers contracted in the Line-0f-Duty
      08/30/23 - UPFFA
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      Friday Update 8-25-23
      08/28/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      Captain Thayer & Lieutenant Montesi Promotions
      08/24/23 - IAFF Local 2519
      On August 14th 2023, Local 2519 members Richard Thayer and Torey Montesi were promoted.  Richard Thayer was promoted to the rank of captain, and Torey Montesi was promoted to the rank of lieutenant.
      Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing
      08/24/23 - IAFF Local 2629
      On Monday, your Independence Firefighters were proud to be able to sponsor a hole at the Michigan Fallen Heroes Memorial Golf Outing at Oakhurst Golf & Country Club!
      Notice of Sept 2023 General Membership Meetings and Election Timetable
      08/23/23 - Detroit Fire Fighters Association
      Boulder L900 Golf Tournament
      08/23/23 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
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      08/22/23 - IAFF Local 1014
      IAFF 244 City Chapter Informational Meeting for Promotional Requirements
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      IAFF Local 244 City Chapter Informational Meeting We will be holding an Informational Meeting to discuss AFR Promotional Requirements to include education requirements. This meeting will be held in-person and will also be available via Zoom on Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at 1:00pm at the Union Hall.
      IAFF 244 2023 General Election Information & Nominations
      08/21/23 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      Attention All Members: The IAFF Local 244 General Election will be held in December 2023 (Exact Date-TBD) Nominations for the 2023 General Election will officially open at the General Membership Meeting on September 14, 2023, and will close at the General Membership Meeting on November 9, 2023.
      Gregg Fuja Retirement
      08/20/23 - Hoffman Estates Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 2061
      Gregg Fuja Retirement On August 16, 2023, Brother Gregg Fuja worked his last shift as a member of the Hoffman Estates Fire Department. After 30 years of dedicated service to the residents of Hoffman Estates, Gregg has decided to hang up his helmet and take on a new role in educating the youth of today.
      2023 Salmon Derby
      08/19/23 - IAFF Local 828
      On August 31st, 2023 the Longview Union Firefighters Benevolent Fund, operated by the Longview Union Fire Fighters, IAFF Local 828, jointly with the Longview Longshoremen, ILWU Local 21, will host their annual Salmon Derby charity event with a $500 top prize. The two groups have been hosting this charity fishing derby for the past 2010.
      Greeley L888 golf tournament? Sept. 8th, 8am start, $500 for a team of four.
      08/17/23 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Greeley L888 golf tournament?  Sept. 8th, 8 am start, $500 for a team of four.
      Big John Ale by Aurora Fire Fighters Local 1290
      08/17/23 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      Big John Ale by Aurora Fire Fighters Local 1290  Saturday, August 19th, 11-2 pm at Dry Dock Brewery, 15120 E Hampden Ave.
      Pueblo Entry Level Application Posting
      08/17/23 - Colorado Professional Fire Fighters
      2023 Golf Tournament
      08/16/23 - IAFF Local 2519
      Local 2519 is excited to announce our annual golf tournament.  This year’s tournament will be held on Monday September 18th, 2023, at the New Seabury Country Club.   Information and registration is available online at www.local2519golf
      City Chapter Contract Negotiations Informational Meeting Scheduled for September 12, 2023
      08/15/23 - Albuquerque Area Fire Fighters
      A City Chapter Contract Negotiations Informational Meeting is scheduled for September 12, 2023, at the Union Hall. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss upcoming negotiations related to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the IAFF Local 244 and the City of Albuquerque.
      It was nearly 100 degrees outside when the emergency call reached Engine Company 39. A triple-decker in Savin Hill had erupted in flames, and a haze of thick black smoke was all but blanketing the sky.

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