Legislators on Monday will hear testimony on a bill that would open up special state retirement plans that previously were available only to police, fire and emergency medical service personnel. The legislation is part of a years-long effort by advocates to include dispatchers and emergency 911 call operators in the popular definition of who is considered a first responder, acknowledging the critical role they play in ensuring public safety throughout Maine and the nation.
Original article linkIf passed into law, the measure would allow dispatchers or their representatives to negotiate for retirement benefits that kick in after 20 or 25 years of service, instead of alternative plans that would require decades longer service or for workers to reach 62 1/2 years old
I know there's been talk about moving dispatchers in Mass to Group 2 which is an improvement but not as good as this, but it never seems to get off the ground. This is a huge win if it goes through. Makes me wish I'd pulled the trigger on moving to Maine when I had the chance.