OPEIU Local 6 News Flash

March 26, 2015

Massachusetts House Passes Early Retirement Proposal; Does Not Extend Early Retirement to Trial Court Employees

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed legislation authorizing an early retirement incentive for only executive branch employees in Group 1 yesterday. Despite giving serious consideration to including trial court and higher education employees in this early retirement proposal, the Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo and House Ways and Means Chairman Brian Dempsey opted against recommending the same. As reported in the State House News Service, Court Administrator Harry Spence expressed concerns that an early retirement incentive would leave the judicial branch seriously understaffed. Governor Charlie Baker had previously stated his opposition to the option of including higher education and trial court employees. It is expected that the Massachusetts Senate will consider and pass this early retirement proposal soon. While it is unclear whether the Senate will limit the bill’s reach, there is a very strong sense that they will also limit its application to only executive branch employees at this time. We will keep you posted with further updates as the early retirement legislation progresses.

 

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