Support Public Employees: Multnomah Democrats Call on Governor Brown to Veto SB 1049

On June 3, Lurelle Robbins, the Chair of the Multnomah County Democrats, wrote Governor Kate Brown to call on her to veto Senate Bill 1049 (SB 1049). Vice-Chair 2 Michael Smith will hand deliver the letter to the Governor’s office today.

Contact the Governor’s office as soon as possible to ask her to veto SB 1049.

Click to download a PDF version of our letter to Governor Brown

Office of the Governor
900 Court Street, Suite 254
Salem, OR 97301-4047

Re:  SB 1049 PERS

Dear Governor Brown,

As you are aware, the Oregon State Legislature recently passed bill SB 1049, functionally reducing the retirement benefits of Oregon public employees. The Democratic Party of Multnomah County is on record as opposing the legislation. We write to ask you to veto this legislation. Put simply, the bill in question is an error for which Gubernatorial Veto is the only remaining remedy.

The reduction in PERS benefits is antithetical to the values of the Democratic Party. This is demonstrated by Article X, Plank 4 of the platform of the Multnomah County party platform, “We recognize the contract the state and local entities made with the public employees and support the full funding of PERS.” As well, at the county level, Legislative Action Items Article X, Item 2 states that “We call on our legislators to fully fund all levels of PERS, including individual annuity program (IAP.)” In addition to these, the platform of the Democratic Party of Oregon explicitly states in Article 1, Plank 3 that “We believe all Oregon wage workers have the right to a secure retirement, including protections of retirement accounts from corporate bankruptcies. We fully support protections for our public retirement systems.”

The idea that this legislation violates some of the basic principles we hold dear is clearly established, and we ask you to stand for our Democratic ideals and veto this bill.

Governor, you have our heartfelt thanks for your service to this state, and for your attention to this matter.

Lurelle Robbins
Chair, The Democratic Party of Multnomah County