Retired teachers ask lawmakers for bonus

School desk, Photo Date: 1/23/2017 / Photo: PxHere / (MGN)
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Around 300 retired teachers with the Alabama Education Retirees Association marched into the statehouse asking lawmakers for an $800 bonus.

The group said retired teachers received a bonus last year and in 2008, but they said it was not enough.

“Almost all of us have dedicated our entire careers to teaching and the money we are receiving from our current pension is not keeping up with inflation and for that reason we’re asking the legislature for help,” said Teresa Noell, the president of the Alabama Education Retirees Association.

Noell said inflation has risen by 32 percent in 13 years. With a strong economy and Education budget the AERA is looking to use some of that money for a one-time bonus.

They are also asking lawmakers for a Cost-of-Living Adjustment, which they say retired teachers have not had since 2006.

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