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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  • by I wonder Location: Greenville on May 11, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    I wonder how many of these city employees were supportive of the workers in WI. when their rights were taken away. I wonder if you thought for a minute that as you watched them "come for others" that they could "come for you" next? I, personally, am glad you kept your benefits-now it is time to support others trying to do the same thing!
  • by former employee Location: Greenville on May 11, 2011 at 02:36 PM
    As a retired city employee it is very hard to pay for the cost of insurance. It is well over $500.00 and that takes a big chunk out of ones retirement every month. Insurance is a big big benefit.
  • by tax man Location: greenville on May 11, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    Cut,cut,cut !!
  • by Fran on May 11, 2011 at 07:06 AM
    Wonder how many of the current empolyees will be laid off so the rest keep their benifits? They will have to cut somewhere to pay for what they cannot afford, the rest of us do.
  • by tom Location: greenville on May 11, 2011 at 04:50 AM
    Great job City Council. These men and women deserve to keep what was promised to them, and I for one will pay a little higher tax to keep them here in the city. Well done!!!!
  • by ace Location: j ville on May 11, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    What option did they have after they paid for a lawyer to defend a city council member claiming to be investigation something.
  • by Vic on May 11, 2011 at 03:53 AM
    Can't wait to get my tax revaluation this year. If it hasn't gone down significantly, I will park my rear on the tax office doorstep! This city council will not get one extra penny of my money from this day forward. They had the chance to real-in costs for these out of touch benefit packages for retirees, but they do nothing to get the cost passed on to you and I, in line. Our children will be paying this ridiculous expenditure for many years to come. Throw them ALL out this re-election! Try to pass a bond issue or school tax increase... I predict they will be thrown back in your face by a whopping majority. The taxpayers are mad and we won't take it anymore!
  • by Mike Location: Onslow on May 11, 2011 at 03:30 AM
    I have been sort of watching this Kandi thing. Y'all up in Greenville were robbed. Why is her legal fees being paid by the city? When, as I see it, she made a concious decision to disobey. Heck may as well give her free pass from speeding tickets too. "Diplomatic Immunity". Hmmmmm.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on May 10, 2011 at 06:26 PM
    To all citizens that are concerned with the City and GUC employee benefits, don't think you taxes, cost of serviceds, or your utilities will decrease if the benefits are reduced. These monies will be absorbed in the budget and spent elsewhere.
  • by B Location: Gville on May 10, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    But they can pay Kandi's attorney fees......
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