Teachers, other groups, to rally for pensions at Kentucky Capitol

Source: MGN

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) -- The Kentucky Education Association is encouraging teachers across the Commonwealth to come together Monday afternoon at the state capitol for a rally encouraging legislators to fully fund public pensions.

"The People's Movement - United We Stand" rally is scheduled to be held on the Capitol steps Monday, March 12 at 5 p.m.

Organisers say they want legislators to identify new revenue sources and tax reform before cutting promised benefits. Kentucky's pension system is currently one of the worst-funded in the country.

Teachers and other public employees packed the Capitol Friday protesting the current version of Senate Bill 1, a bill that would reform public pensions. That bill would strip some teachers of their cost of living adjustments.

The bill was scheduled for a vote Friday, but the Senate returned it to a committee, where it could be changed.

Senators are scheduled to meet at the Capitol Monday at 4 p.m. to begin another week of work.

The rally on Monday evening is co-hosted by the KEA, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, BlueGrass Activists Alliance, Save Our Schools KY, KY United, Kentucky Government Retirees, Kentucky Public Retirees, Fraternal Order of Police, Greater Louisville Central Labor Council, Teamsters Local 783, Jefferson County Teachers Association, Kentucky State AFL-CIO, Jefferson County Association of Educational Support Personnel/AFSCME Local 4011, AFSCME Council 962 and SEIU.

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