In Malama Pono

The Hawaii Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) will be holding an election for its Board of Trustees Education Seat. In the next few days, state and county employees should be receiving their ballot in the mail.

We humbly ask our members to consider voting for Ms. Lynne Wilkens for this seat.

Lynne is well-qualified to serve in this seat. She has served in leadership roles with the University of Hawaii Cancer Center for over 30 years and has advocated for public employees for many years as an active UHPA (University of Hawaii Professional Assembly) member, having served as UHPA’s president, treasurer, and on its negotiating team.

Lynne will be running against incumbent Catherine Chan. Ballots must be returned and postmarked by October 22, 2021 to be counted. If you haven’t received your ballot, need a replacement, or would like assistance with voting, please email or call (808) 543-3310.

The Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) was established to provide retirement benefits and services to State of Hawaii, City and County of Honolulu, County of Hawaii, County of Maui, and County of Kauai employees which include DOE, University of Hawaii, police officers, firefighters, judiciary employees, judges, and elected officials.  The ERS collects retirement contributions from members; provides pre-retirement counseling services; conducts disability hearings and appeals; reviews claims for retirement, disability, and death benefits and certifies these benefits for payments; processes monthly pension checks to retirees and beneficiaries; accounts for and safeguards assets in the ERS investment portfolio; and invests funds to help finance this program.

The ERS is a qualified defined benefit public pension plan covered under Section 401(a) of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 88 and Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 6, Chapters 20 – 29 contain the language governing the pension trust.

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