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John A Balestrery: Pension lacks bonuses

June 13, 2014 

On July 24, 2003, I retired from Merced County with 30 years of service exemplified by the 30-year service pin awarded by the Merced County Board of Supervisors. Wages were reported to Merced County Employees Retirement Association for calculating my pension benefits. However, two loyalty bonuses were left out due to exclusion on payroll checks.

On July 6, 2010, Deidre Kelsey, board member, assured me that she would have the Board of Supervisors write a letter to the retirement association granting the loyalty bonuses formerly omitted. Nothing happened.

So I wrote a letter in October 2013 urging the board to treat me the same as all other retirees from Merced County in granting loyalty bonuses. Again, nothing happened.

The Board of Supervisors is doing the right thing in writing a letter to the retirement association to award my loyalty bonuses. That way, the board would be treating all retirees justly and fairly. Also, the pin-awarding ceremonies will be more sincere and genuine in expressing appreciation for all retirees of Merced County, not singling out an exception.

John A Balestrery, Federación, Argentina

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