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WVEA "tracked the defined-contribution plan's terrible job," reports WVEA Executive Director David Harley, "and we lobbied for several years to provide safeguards for TDC plan members and to change the law."
Last year, WVEA won legislation that places all new hires in the traditional TRS system, closing the defined-contribution plan to new members.
WVEA is asking the state legislature to merge the DC plan with the more established DB plan, a move that would bolster employees' retirement security as well as save the state an estimated $1.8 billion over the next 30 years.
"We'll be working hand-in-hand to strengthen the WVEA," says Stephens, "and to continue to push for collective bargaining throughout the state.
Calling the public's attention to the need for such a law, WVEA and the other members of the coalition are blanketing the state with editorials and letters and hosting several events.
"It's time West Virginia workers had a voice in setting their wages, hours, and working conditions," says WVEA President Kayetta Meadows.
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