'Return to work' debate: Government retirees' 'double dipping' ...

There are 47 comments on the The Santa Fe New Mexican story from Feb 2, 2009, titled 'Return to work' debate: Government retirees' 'double dipping' .... In it, The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that:

Politicians and union leaders alike are taking aim at the controversial practice of "double-dipping" a ' public employees returning to work after retirement to collect both a salary and pension.

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Mike

Santa Fe, NM

#43 Feb 4, 2009
Xenoace32 wrote:
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And what kind of real job do you have Mike?
I guess I sent the wrong message. What I mean by real job is; if a retiree wants to go back and work, they can apply for a non pera job, compete in a normal job market and get the job the deserve. The way it is now they retire, then their job is saved for them and when they interview, it's just part of the process the job is aready there. It's just a form of nepitism. It's like if a hunter went hunting at the zoo or if a MLB team played little league. There's no fairness for the non-retirees.
If and when I retire from PERA I don't plan to just settle back in the comfort of a job I didn't theoritically earn to get hired. I'd rather do something else, maybe work for the feds or a private company.
chewy b

Bernalillo, NM

#45 Feb 4, 2009
It is one year for school employees such as teachers.
DocMo wrote:
90 Days??!! that's all the wait for these retirees to go back and begin double-dipping?
That's nothing more than a little vacation! What a scam. Disgusting.
state employee

Albuquerque, NM

#46 Feb 4, 2009
No wonder the state employees that do work are are not able to get raises. The greed get greedy the double dippers are so greedy and the exempt employees are earning big bucks and are greeder. What a Shame! That is why the state is in such mess. When does this end? Please help, help help.
concern employee

Albuquerque, NM

#47 Feb 4, 2009
Double Dippers- What do you not understand about retirement. Give others a chance.
GrimReeper

Albuquerque, NM

#48 Feb 4, 2009
double dipper wrote:
As a Double Dipper I would gladly contribute to PERA, if I were able to draw from it upon becoming eligible. When I accepted the position I now have I paid into PERA without complaint for quite a while. Even after facing the prospect of not benefiting from my contribution. I did not make the rule that stopped my contribution, someone in the Roundhouse did. But, how does my position differ from the retiree from another place like LANL or Army Corp or anywhere else who "double dips" for the state, becomes vested and is drawing from PERA? This whole thing was not well thought out. Face it, most of us double dippers are historically great, not good, workers who were wooed back by knowing supervisors who appreciate our work ethic and knowledge of our jobs. Qualities that are saddly forgotten in todays work force.
Either retire or stay working. If you retire, work under contract. Retire from the service means RETIRED from the service. Simple?
Raton Guy

Albuquerque, NM

#49 Feb 7, 2009
To Horseman: Interesting point. If the legislature wants to keep retirees from the state payrolls, then the restriction should apply to all persons who have a retirement income, military, Social Security, ERA, private sector, etc.!
Jay lopez

Mckinney, TX

#50 Feb 18, 2011
I thinks it unfair to the other employees who are qualified. Its sad that they don't get the opportunity to apply for the job because the job is on hold until the retiree comes back to work. I work for the government and all the time i see where people retire and their position is not posted as a opening until the retiree can come back to work. They have a 90 day rule. They cant reapply until 90 days. And once the post the position it goes to the best qualified applicant , of course we know who that would be..The person who held the job 3 months prior.. It is totally unfair to other applicants. I whish they would stop allowing this.

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