In the News:

TPEA is diligently working this session to get enhancements for all of our members. Click to read articles regarding issues relating to state employees and retirees here:

  • Strong pushes to add more money are continuing, including pressure to give retired state employees a financial boost, as the state appears to be doing for retired teachers, more money for schools, and additional targeted raises to employees in agencies that are particularly overwhelmed.

    “Turnover is higher in state government than ever, so the two 5% pay raises [for state employees over the next two years] will finally help agencies recruit and retain good employees,” said Ann Bishop, executive director of the Texas Public Employees Association, which advocates for state workers, among other groups. “We hope the budget can also include targeted raises for agencies that have identified critical needs and a pension boost for retired employees — who haven’t had one since 2001.”   Article: House panel advances new Texas budget with property tax cuts, teacher pay raises - The Texas Tribune 

  • "Bishop, who currently serves as the executive director of the Texas Public Employees Association, didn’t have paid parental leave at the time, and could only take one week of unpaid leave to bond with her new family.

    “The most difficult part was finding daycare,” Bishop told the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce on Tuesday. “When you are a natural birth, you can plan for that a little bit. When you are an adoptive parent you are told one day, you go pick up your child the next day.Article: Texas Republicans and Democrats coalesce around proposals to expand paid parental leave - KERA News 

  • "And the executive director of the Texas Public Employees Association, Ann Bishop, argued lawmakers should consider helping government employees, saying "state workers have not seen a general pay raise since 2014." Article: Texas announces record $33B budget surplus - UPI

Retirees need a stipend!

TPEA Board members and staff provided testimony, advocated with legislators, and utilized the news media to support a 13th check or other retirement benefit enhancement.