Hundreds gather at pension rally in Perry County

Published: Oct. 2, 2017 at 6:51 PM EDT
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Pensions have been on the minds of many Kentuckians recently. Perry County is just one of the stops for the Kentucky Education Association’s Pension is a Promise Rally, which drew hundreds of people Monday.

The rally allows state employees, retirees and those concerned about the future of pensions to talk to local legislators.

Stephani Winkler, president of the Kentucky Education Association, says the rally in Perry County is just one of multiple rallies aimed at increasing public knowledge about pensions.

"This is one of many rallies across the state where we hope to bring communities together and create awareness about our plight to protect our definite pension plans that state employees receive as a supplement their low salaries in order to protect the public," said Winkler.

Kenny Bell, the Wolfe County Superintendent said that finding people to fill teaching jobs has become harder over the years.

"It's already hard to get teachers to apply, we're having trouble filling positions that 10 years ago we didn't have problems filling," said Bell.

He says if pensions are at risk, the chance of finding people to fill those teaching jobs will be even harder.

"If you take pensions away, we're not going to have people going into the field. Our children are our most precious resource," said Bell.

Representatives at the event said they will do all they can to help, but people should not worry until the final proposal comes out.

"I think right now that we all have to wait to see what the final proposal is going to be, and then we'll go from there," said State Representative Chris Fugate.