2018 Trustee Election - Candidate Statements
The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that two active members have qualified as candidates for the 2018 Trustee Election.
Jeffrey Johnson has been a Fire Operations Communicator in the Office of Emergency Management and Communications since 2000. Mr. Johnson is the Recording Secretary for IBEW Local 9 and President of the Municipal Employees Society of Chicago. Jeff is an accredited fiduciary through NCPERS NAF and currently serves as the President of the Retirement Board for the MEABF of Chicago.
I am up for re-election at the MEABF Pension Fund.
To the members of the MEABF Fund, I’ve been honored to serve the last three years and humbly ask for your vote this election.
I’ll be making the rounds at every city worksite as I have the last three years and look forward to furthering communication with every member. 30,000 members with wide-ranging jobs between 33 unions, non-union, exempts and CPS workers we have a diverse workforce that takes care of Chicago.
One of the things I am most proud of in all my roles is being one of the named litigants against the City of Chicago when pensions were cut for past and present city workers. We were victorious in the fight that went all the way to the Illinois Supreme Court that ruled pensions are a promise. Fights like that are when you need people that won’t back down for what’s right.
Retiree Healthcare has been a longtime fight that still goes on and one that I am proud to say I’ve been involved in from the moment I heard about it years ago. I feel strongly that retiree healthcare should be a protected benefit for members and hopefully the courts rule in our favor.
The CFL is in final talks to sponsor a retiree healthcare plan. If the legal hoops are met and the “t’s” are crossed and “i’s” dotted this can be major for the members who need relief from rising healthcare costs. I’m hoping this comes to fruition as it would save millions over the life of the plan for retirees. As your Trustee I would push to get the information to you in a timely manner so you can make the best decision.
In an effort to increase participation one of the things I have advocated since being on the pension board is to make this an electronic or mail ballot. No more having to trudge downtown to vote on a Friday in October. Thankfully the MEABF Pension Fund has instituted this voting format and information on how the election will work will be mailed out soon to your house.
From complex issues of pension funding or retiree healthcare to simple matters of increasing member communication or making it easier for our members to vote in pension elections, I’ve worked for our members the last three years and look forward to working for them the next three year years.
From making prudent investment decisions ensuring your retirement will be there to suggesting the MEABF Fund start a Facebook account to easier interact with the members the job of Trustee is wide ranging.
One of my goals to accomplish the next three years is getting a retiree on the pension board. It’s a retiree member’s pension fund as much, if not more than an active member and we are the only City of Chicago Pension Fund to not have an elected retiree.
Another goal is better educating the active members now about how their pensions work. Too often you don’t even know what a pension is the first twenty years on the job let alone retirement planning or thinking ahead.
I am firm believer if you take care of your city, your city will take care of you and if elected I will work for you every day, just like I have the last three years
I humbly ask for your vote as MEABF Trustee.
Timothy G. Guest
Timothy G. Guest has been a stationary engineer for the City of Chicago Department of Water Management since 1991 and a proud member of Local 399 Operating Engineers for 29 years. Mr. Guest has been assigned to the Jardine Water Purification Plant for his entire career. He was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and lives with his wife and four children in the Beverly neighborhood for almost 20 years. Mr. Guest served as Trustee from 2009-2017, and was President three times during his tenure.
I am proud to have served as a Trustee on the Municipal Employees Annuity and Benefit Fund (MEABF) for eight years from 2009-2017, and as President of the Fund in 2011, 2014, and 2017. During my tenure with the Fund I served with multiple elected and ex officio trustees over two mayoral administrations. I am proud to have served as a trustee for all City and Board of Education MEABF members across tiers one, two and three. I remain committed to securing the funding necessary to sustain retirement benefits and to efforts to enhance the benefits across tiers two and three to align with the benefits provided for tier one employees. I welcome your questions, suggestions and concerns. I assure you that if I am elected, I will remain accessible, responsive and dedicated to representing your interests.
I appreciate your consideration and humbly ask for your support.
2018 Trustee Election
The 2018 Trustee Election is scheduled for October 22-26, 2018. Active employee members as of October 1, 2018, will have the option of voting either online or by a mail-in ballot.
Online polls will open at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, October 22 and will close 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 26, 2018.
Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by October 26, 2018.
Please look for instructions on how-to-vote in your mail after October 16, 2018.