SCOPE OF REPRESENTATION – Retirement
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1000.02121 – Retirement
Under well-established precedent, Social Security and PERS benefits are “wages” because they require employer and employee contributions to the applicable funds and so embody both deferred wages and a reduction in employees’ wages. Therefore, the election for retention of Social Security and change in status of PERS benefits is a mandatory subject of bargaining. This conclusion is consistent with Board’s decisions regarding the mandatory status of retirement benefits in general.