Breathing Easier After CSA’s Work
By Jill Levy
Until recently, I never looked back. When I retired a decade ago, life meant sleeping late in the mornings, stress-free breakfast java, sun-filled days on the water and all those travel plans my husband and I hoped to share. Suddenly, after my husband’s death, fulfilling those dreams was no longer an option.
Alone for the first time in my life and having to plan a much different future, I lived in terror of dwindling savings, extraordinary medical bills and the costs incurred by downsizing and relocating.
For six months, I lived in fear of the mail and impending bills. I hated the sound of the outside door as
the mailman dropped the mail into the slot.
Epiphany! After 6 months of opening mail and paying bills, I say thanks every time I hear that sound of mail being dropped into the slot. Thanks to my union negotiating a flexible Tax Deferred Annuity and being part of Teachers’ Retirement Service. Thanks to my union for negotiating my safety net with medical, dental and drug coverage. Thanks to our CSA Welfare Fund and the assistance they provide with billing and personal support. Also a big thanks to
my mailman, a union member, for bringing me the checks that support my lifestyle and give me the peace of mind that many non-union workers lack.
I know that one day each of our members and their families will be able to appreciate all the benefits
of belonging to a union. I believe that all my work and that of my predecessors and successors was worth the fight and the stress. Now I can look back with relief and pride.
THANK YOU, CSA!
Jill Levy served as president of CSA from 2000 until 2007
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