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Greenville City Workers Will Keep Benefits Package

Current Greenville city workers are going to keep their current benefits package.

Many current workers showed up to Tuesday night's meeting where the Greenville City Council and the Greenville Utilities Commission met to discuss the issue. Both entities pledged to keep the benefits in tact for current workers, although the policy may change going forward for new hires.

Greenville has allowed workers who have put in 20 years of employment to receive medical and vision benefit coverage of up to 95 percent until they reach Medicare age. After that, the city provides 65 percent of coverage along with Medicare benefits.



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Many Greenville city workers are up in arms about the possibility of their retirement plans changing significantly.

The Greenville City Council met Monday night to hear public comment before Tuesdays joint council meeting with the GUC and city council members.

The meetings come as the city looks at ways to change the current benefit package. They call it the "other post employment benefits" or "OPEB."

Greenville has allowed workers who have put in 20 years of employment to receive medical and vision benefit coverage of up to 95 percent until they reach Medicare age. After that, the city provides 65 percent of coverage along with Medicare benefits.

With 767 city employees and 423 Greenville utility workers who also fall under this current plan, the city says it can not cover the costs in the long term. At this time, the city has more than $38.8 million dollars in unfunded liability

The city council says they will also take comments at Tuesday's meeting.


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