The Department of
Employee Trust Funds (ETF)
ETF administers retirement and other benefit
programs for state and local government employees and retirees.
This site is your most up-to-date source of information about ETF-administered
70 Years of
State Employee Pension Benefits
Group portrait of eight Wisconsin State
Capitol scrubwomen, June 9, 1933. Left to right: Mrs. Mary DeRenzo,
Mrs. Elizabeth Weddig, Miss Mary McCloskey, Mrs. Ingeborg Sidwell,
Mrs. Margaret Harbort, Mrs. Olivia Kver, Mrs. Katherine McKune,
Mrs. Catherine Conlin.
Wisconsin Historical Society, WHS-17258
In May, 1943, legislation creating a retirement
system for State of Wisconsin employees became law. Many consider
Ingeborg Sidwell to be the catalyst for the system to become reality.
Sidwell was a state employee who, along with several other women
(pictured above), scrubbed the Wisconsin State Capitol floors. She
was almost 80 years old and wanted to retire, but knew it would
be difficult, as she had lost much of her savings when the banks
failed in the 1930s. Read more about
the retirement system's origins.
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