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City transit job not quite amazing but offers IPERS benefits


This news story was published on January 17, 2014.
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City Hall in Mason City

MASON CITY – It doesn’t meet the city’s unwritten standard as amazing, but a pretty good part-time job driving a city transit bus is now open with the City of Mason City.

To unofficially qualify as amazing, a job must pay at least $9.50 per hour, or so third ward city council Jean Marinos member has so decreed. This job falls short, paying just $8.50 per hour, but it does have a perk hat many part-time jobs do not offer: IPERS benefits.

IPERS is a core retirement plan that allows public employees to retire knowing that their benefits are secure. IPERS is a public agency and was established for the purpose of providing a retirement plan to public employees throughout Iowa.  IPERS benefits are designed to supplement personal savings and Social Security benefits in retirement. Benefits also offer financial protection for families in the event of death or disability.

As a part-time City Transit Driver, IPERS is part of the package along with the starting wage of $8.50. There are two shifts available: 6:15 AM – 12:00 PM or 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM, or on a substitute basis. The applicant must have a good driving record as well as a Class C CDL with passenger endorsement. The city will assist the chosen applicant in obtaining the appropriate endorsement. The position is subject to drug testing.

The Mason City Public Transit is open to the general public, including those with disabilities.

Application can be picked up and turned in at City Hall, 10 First Street NW. Deadline for filing applications is 4:30 PM, February 3, 2014.

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10 Responses to City transit job not quite amazing but offers IPERS benefits

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    Stinky Stink Skank Reply Report comment

    January 18, 2014 at 10:29 am

    I can’t even fathom how anyone can ride those transits. I would rather walk than ride on one of those again. For one they stink they should make those drivers clean their bus after their shifts, why make others suffer the stench. Another reason is that they drive so freakin fast that one day they’re going to give an elderly person a heart attack or kill someone. If those drivers think you’re in their way, kiss your ass goodbye because they think they own the roads. Its ridiculous.

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    same Reply Report comment

    January 18, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I thought maybe they got paid for how fast they can get from point a to point b. They drive like there in a NASCAR race. Not only there speed but jumping curbs there just plain nuts. I worked downtown for a summer got to see it first hand.

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      January 18, 2014 at 8:36 am

      Well, they are old and don’t see very well. Hard to see that pesky speedometer.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    January 18, 2014 at 8:20 am

    It is what it is. A part time job that is good for a supplemental income if you are on Social Security. If you are going to try to live on it you are going to have a real tough time.

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    USMC Reply Report comment

    January 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

    8.50 an hour what a slap in the face. If your 55 an over just what is IPERS GOING TO DO FOR YOU? You prolly have to be invested for 5 years to get anything so its not going to add up to much. 8.50 what a shame.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      January 18, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Try 7 years.

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      Isabell Reply Report comment

      January 18, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Exactly. IPERS is a rip-off for everyone. IT should be scrapped for basic 401K plans like the rest of the schmucks get.

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        Allen Reply Report comment

        January 18, 2014 at 6:47 pm

        I’d bet that anyone that has worked at least 30 years under the IPERS plan would disagree with you. It’s a lot safer then any 401k plan, as long as the government keeps it’s fingers out of it.

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          Philosophus Reply Report comment

          January 18, 2014 at 7:01 pm

          Then they should stop people from being able to double dip from one state to another. Remember the Chief of police from Minnesota with a full retirement pension plan who descended into the small town of Clear Lake to rake in $90,000 more a year to drive around an oversized black truck? Why should he be able to tap Iowa’s as well?