“With this new system, they’re asking us to go to — we won’t have access to that money until we hit Medicare,” said Chris Collins, a retiree with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department. He said decades ago, city employees were told after 25 years of work, they could retire with health benefits for life. But in 2009, that changed to city employees being offered $100,000 upon retirement. Collins said firefighters would be impacted the most due to the health issues that may come with the job.
Trooper, victim involved in Horry County shooting ID’d It’s a call to keep health care benefits initially promised. Odachowsky has been demanding change since the announcement last month.
“This is truly a disgrace,” Odachowsky said. “And it’s time for city council to find a way to get around that.” “To start taking away benefits and shrinking benefits is just excusable,” said Robert Odachowsky, president of Professional Firefighters Associations of South Carolina.
Mayor Brenda Bethune said council will look into the issue but is not making any promises. “This council supports, values, and appreciates all city members past and present,” she said. “And I believe we have gone above and beyond our duty to show that.” He said that is in addition to increased premiums for retirees and their families. Collins was one of many who took their pleas to city council.
An out-of-towner’s guide to Myrtle Beach “We get discounted MRIs, X-rays, emergency room visits, surgeries, and we’re going to lose all of that now,” Collins said.
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