COVENTRY â€“ â€śIf you want to stop the tension, give SRP their pension!â€ť they cried.
More than 100 supporters of the Coventry Teachersâ€™ Association and School Related Personnel (CTASRP) picketed for equal pension outside Coventry Town Hall prior to the start of Mondayâ€™s Town Council meeting.
â€śWeâ€™re waiting to be treated fairly and equally,â€ť stated Denise Gibbons, SRP president. â€śWeâ€™re here because weâ€™ve made a very concerted effort to address the fact that there are three pensions in this town â€“ not just two â€“ for police and municipal."
The Coventry Teachersâ€™ Association includes teacherâ€™s aids, teaching assistance, custodians and secretaries.
Gibbons said all theyâ€™re asking for is their portion of the 10 percent surplus the town receives in taxes
â€śAs a community, I think we should pull our resources to figure out this underfunded pension,â€ť said Councilman Ted Jendzejec, who doesnâ€™t want to see things turn into school against the Town Council or person against person. â€śItâ€™s going to fall on the taxpayers. We also have two new members on the Town Council who we should allow to review the past meeting minutes."
The crowd erupted into heavy applause following Jendzejecâ€™s comments.
The three pensions in town are the police, municipal employees and the SRP personnel. All three are supported by taxpayer money. There SRP pension plan includes 320 people.
â€śIâ€™ve sat and listened to everyoneâ€™s comments and as far as I can see it, the taxpayers have already paid their fair share of this pension and itâ€™s up to the Board of Trustees to act in the best interest of its members,â€ť said Town Council President Gary Cote.