Thursday, June 16, 2011

Alabama corrections officers don't like pension rules


MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Corrections officers in Alabama are complaining that a new law requiring state employees to contribute more toward their retirement is unfair.
The law, enacted during the recent legislative session, increases retirement contribution rates by varying percentages for teachers, state employees and judicial system employees.
For corrections officers, the rate goes from 6 percent to 8.5 percent by Oct. 1, 2012. Teachers and other state employees will see an increase from 5 percent to 7.5 percent.
The law exempts state troopers, who contribute 10 percent of their pay to retirement and are paid more than correctional officers. Their pensions are calculated at a higher rate.
Lloyd Wallace, president of the Alabama Correctional Organization, says corrections officers feel slighted because they believe they're as important as troopers to law enforcement.

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