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Old 03-09-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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In our school district the teachers are TRS or SERS, but other employees are in PERS. If you are looking for good benefits and better job security than the state, you are better off at a public agency that does not depend on tax dollars for funding. That includes utility districts, housing authorities, port and airport management jobs. They will also have a huge range of jobs, from management to IT, engineering, clerical, accounting and finance, real estate plus most if not all trades. Not all of them are union, mostly the trades are, but office staff may not be. I would not consider them easy to get into, with a lot of experience required, and some jobs having written or performance tests.
Very good point, I have noticed that utility agencies are funded by rate payers and more stable. I believe the City of Seattle furloughed even Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light employees a few years ago though, yeah?

In any case, it appears as though the free schooling via the employee benefit was not as good as I thought.
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Old 03-09-2015, 06:51 PM
 
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Very good point, I have noticed that utility agencies are funded by rate payers and more stable. I believe the City of Seattle furloughed even Seattle Public Utilities and Seattle City Light employees a few years ago though, yeah?

In any case, it appears as though the free schooling via the employee benefit was not as good as I thought.
FYI, both the City of Seattle and City of Tacoma have their own retirement systems as well as their own specific benefits.
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