Retired teachers express anger toward school board, possible ins - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Retired teachers express anger toward school board, possible insurance changes

Retired teachers voice concerns over upcoming insurance vote (Source: WMC Action News 5) Retired teachers voice concerns over upcoming insurance vote (Source: WMC Action News 5)
SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) -

The Shelby County School Board meeting was filled with angry teachers who don’t want to lose or have their health insurance changed. 

“Kick us under the bus and literally jack the bus up and let it fall down on us,” Bob Cannon said, “I’m 79 years old, and I’m living to be 100. None of y'all are worried about y'all's insurance, are you?”

Cannon has a 47-year-old handicapped daughter.

“What am I going to do with her?” he asked.  

Other retired teachers talked about health problems or their spouses problems. 

“One of the reasons I retired, I have a very sick spouse and spousal coverage we thought we all had,” Ed Riddick said.

“It’s not a good feeling to work 20-30 years to be told what you’ve counted on isn’t going to happen,” board member Teresa Jones said.

The proposed changes in retiree benefits come as the state and county pressure the school district to pay down its liability of millions to the retirees health benefits. 

This was retired teachers’ first chance to let the board know how they feel. The vote on this issue could come in a few weeks.

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