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Dec 11, 2017

Retired Public Officers Say: Where Are Our Increments?

Sheila Genitty

On Thursday, representatives of the Public Sector Workers Trust, along with attorney Anthony Sylvester, came forward claiming a legal victory against a trio of former public officers who filed a lawsuit against the trust.  That information, as it turns out, was misrepresented.  Today, retired public officers Sheila Genitty, Ruth White and Darrel Gardiner convened a press conference of their own at the law firm of Senior Counsel Magali Marin-Young.  They are aiming to set the record straight on a matter that has stalled the work of the trust with litigation.  According to Genitty, monies from the trust should be paid out to those who were affected by the wage freeze in the mid nineties.

 

Sheila Genitty, Claimant

“The area that mentioned that we want to manage the trust, that was never true, that was never our goal.  I want to go back to the reason why this trust was set up.  In those two years, all the beneficiaries and public officers who were working at that time, lost two years of increments.  Now that multiplied because at the time we retired those two years of increments caused our gratuity to be smaller because it was worked out on a lower salary.  It caused our pensions to be smaller.  Our objective from the beginning was to be compensated for the loss that we had and I will go back to increments.  The way an increment works is between the employer and the employee.  It is an awards-based system, you work well, you get your increment.  The employer pays when your increment is awarded to you.  Now we cannot understand how it is that the loss that we suffered, instead of money coming to us, or the dividends coming to us who suffered the loss, it was given to a third party and the third party is the unions.  And then now they sit in control of that fund, so in effect what they are doing is that they are denying me and denying Mr. Gardiner and Ms. Ruth and every other beneficiary, the increments that they should have received.  The unions were never a part of the increment program.  When you work, you get your increment, no union has nothing to do with that.  So why should they sit now in a position of control to say you will not get anything, you have to bring a proposal, you have to bring something else to be able to get something from this fund.  Everybody else is benefiting and the people who lost have received nothing.”

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1 Response for “Retired Public Officers Say: Where Are Our Increments?”

  1. carlos says:

    the employees that were working at the time deserve their monies . It is for them not for the union or people that were employed after the time when increments were frozen. I deserve my part. I was affected during the increment freeze.

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