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OPERS & PERI / MEMBERSHIP & TRUSTEES / HOW PERI WORKS

O.P.E.R.S. and P.E.R.I.
What is the difference?

O.P.E.R.S. is the abbreviation for the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System. OPERS is the state agency that administers our pension funds and health care benefits. They are the ones that send us our checks.

P.E.R.I. is the abbreviation for the Public Employee Retirees, Incorporated. PERI is the Retiree political action association for all those who receive OPERS checks. PERI fights for our best interests and protects our pension and health care benefits.

Who may belong to and who governs the P.E.R.I. association?

Only OPERS service, disability and survivor beneficiaries receiving checks may join PERI. Only PERI members can become PERI officers and trustees.

PERI membership is limited to OPERS retirees, because we know that no matter what other groups may claim, no one, or no organization, is more concerned about, or more committed to, protecting and improving OPERS pensions and benefits than those who receive them.

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How does P.E.R.I. protect
pensions and benefits?

  1. The Officers of PERI work with the administrators of OPERS as one of their sounding boards for the opinions of retirees. Many times our members call upon us to help them with problems they are having with OPERS services or health care providers.
  2. The rules and regulations for the operation of O.P.E.R.S. are set by the Ohio General Assembly.
  3. Our Legislative Counsel constantly monitors every proposed, or actual, piece of Ohio legislation.
  4. Our Executive Director [administrator] works with the OPERS senior staff and trustees on a varity of issues from federal legislation to customer service.
  5. These skilled and experienced professionals keep our board of trustees informed on all legislation that pertains to the rules or regulations that would affect our pensions, pension fund investments, or health care benefits.

  6. Through feed back from our quarterly Newsletter, comments from our local chapters, or individually by phone or email, our board of trustees is able to determine how our members feel about these changes.

  7. When we know what the membership wants, PERI will give testimony to legislative committees and will work with individual legislators or OPERS administrators, to accomplish the results we desire.

  8. In addition we have a highly developed Legislative Committee that keeps in constant communication with our Chapter legislative Networks so our Chapter members will have the proper information they need in order to write or call their local state Representatives and Senators.

  9. With all of these resources in place, PERI is able to react quickly to insure that the view points of OPERS retirees are effectively communicated to the proper people at the proper time.
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