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KY Firefighters: Bevin’s Pension Record “Deeply Troubling”

KY Firefighters: Bevin’s Pension Record “Deeply Troubling” 

State Journal Reveals That Bevin’s Pension Company Charged  ‘Above-Average’ Fees While Jeopardizing Retirement Security For Firefighters  

FRANKFORT, KY — Today, KY Professional Fire Fighters President Joe Baer issued the following statement in response to a report in the State Journal revealing Matt Bevin’s “less than stellar” pension record. 

The story details how Bevin’s investment company charged “above-average” fees while the retirement funds they managed underperformed, jeopardizing retirement security for thousands. Bevin’s clients included the Fireman’s Retirement System of St. Louis, which was forced to overhaul their benefits because their investments failed to cover costs as they were promised. 

“The facts about Matt Bevin’s pension record are deeply troubling. While Bevin says we should trust him with our pensions,  his company lost money for seniors and jeopardized firefighters’ retirements — all while Bevin enriched himself through ‘above-average’ taxpayer funded fees,” said Kentucky Professional Fire Fighters President Joe Baer. “Kentucky firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our community and we deserve a governor we can trust — but this report is just more evidence proving why Republicans called Bevin an ‘East Coast Con Man.’ For firefighters, Bevin’s record of pension mismanagement makes the choice in this election even more clear: we back Attorney General Jack Conway.” 


State Journal: "Bevin’s Pension Experience Less Than Stellar." “While gubernatorial Republican candidate Matt Bevin has told voters his pension experience would help Kentucky’s pension systems, his former company was paid millions in fees when two pension funds it managed underperformed and one struggled to cover costs and still pay benefits…Moreover, fund consultants Hewit Ennis Knupp reported the state was paying above the average norm for performance-based fees.” [The State Journal, 9/5/15]

State Journal: Bevin’s Client, St. Louis Firefighter Pension System, Forced To Overhaul Benefits After Gains Weren’t As Promised. "But in 2011, IAM had negative 1.61 return and received $272,793.05 in payment. While the firemen’s pension has had to overhaul its benefit structure, an official who didn’t want to publicly speak for the board said board officials were reportedly told the investment gains would cover the managing costs. According to Kentucky Secretary of State’s database, Integrity Asset Management’s formation date was March 2003 with a principal office in Delaware.” [The State Journal, 9/5/15]

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What You Should Know About Fire Fighters and Cancer
What You Should You Know About Fire Fighters and Cancer Pat Morrison July 29, 2013 15:54 Fire fighters are not only at risk when they respond to a fire or medical emergency, but cancer is threatening their well- being in alarming numbers. Cancer rates run statistically higher for fire fighters compared to the general North American population. The IAFF is deeply concerned and committed about protecting its members from the dangers that fire fighters face including occupational diseases. The IAFF in conjunction with the Fire Fighter?s Cancer Support Network are working to make it a top priority to establish a cancer awareness and prevention program to educate its members on the hazards of fire-fighting. The IAFF will work to ensure that fire fighters will have the tools necessary through videos and online training to increase preventative measures. ?Cancer is the number one killer of fire fighters in the fire service,? said Patrick J. Morrison, Assistant to the General President for Occupational Health, Safety and Medicine. ?We are working to educate our members, leaders and management to effectively raise awareness that can have a positive change to reduce the number of cancer deaths in the fire service.? There is significant scientific evidence that demonstrates fire fighters have a higher mortality rate due to cancer compared to other occupational illnesses and these studies clearly indicate that such cancers are linked to the occupational employment of fire fighter. When fire fighters fight structural fires they are exposed to all kinds of hazardous chemicals including carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, benezene, styrene, formaldehyde, vinyl chloride, etc. Fire fighters are significantly more likely to develop four type of cancers than workers in any other field, including being diagnosed with: testicular cancer, multiple myeloma, non-hodgkins lymphoma and prostate. Statistics collected from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue IAFF Local 1403 found out of 1792 active members that 13 percent were diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Forty-nine percent of retirees were diagnosed with cancer in 2011. To bring the cancer rate down, more has to be done to overcome a cultural mindset that says the ?dirtier the gear the better the more experience you show as a fire fighter.? That mindset may prove fatal to more fire fighters. Fire fighters can reduce their risks of cancer by doing the following: -getting annual physical checkups - shower to remove soot and other chemicals after every fire - wear their SCBAs at all times (even after the fire is out) -clean turn out gear, gloves and helmets -maintain/install proper diesel exhaustive systems in your fire station - never take contaminated bunker pants and boots in living/sleeping quarters -do not take contaminated clothes or PPE home or store openly in your vehicle

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