Another Great Year
By Gayle Lockett
It was another great year. We were able to increase our RC Welfare Fund Supplemental Benefits reimbursements an overall 5 percent, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Our optical supplemental reimbursement went up from $55 to $65.
Meanwhile, the RC regional units continued to provide great information about issues ranging from the RC Welfare Fund benefits to Medicare, Social Security, to how to apply for IRMAA, to Estate Planning, and to Scam and Fraud Protection. Our members have been able to speak to TRS about their individual situations. Regional units may have various clubs i.e. book, trips, dining, theater, bridge, reflecting the interests of the members in their units. They contact their members via email newsletters and some have websites. Each regional unit is unique and interesting.
Look for the attached Fall Educational/Cultural Brochure in this issue of CSA News. Make your selections promptly. The RC strives to enhance members’ quality of services as well as keeping us politically and socially informed and involved.
Remember, all RC members are welcome to join more than one regional unit. If you know of a newly retired CSA member, please reach out to them and invite them to attend a regional unit meeting.
Don’t take your negotiated benefits for granted. Once the Supreme Court has delivered its decision in Janus v. AFSCME,
there could well be dire consequences for many unions, and you must stay informed. A union is only as strong as its dues-paying membership. It is also important that we have your updated contact information. Please keep us informed. The Welfare Fund Office also needs current contact information.
Every three years AFSA holds a convention and an election for their officers along with establishing an educational platform, with resolutions and political plans for the federal level. CSA delegates can meet with AFSA members from other parts of the country, some of whom have seen their benefits and pensions cut by their cities and states.
I want to thank my officers, First Vice Chair Joe Rosenberg, Second Vice Chair John Oricchio, Treasurer Stanley Wilson and Secretary Janice Imundi for the time they dedicate keeping the RC up and running for the benefit of our members. I also want to thank my Executive Board of the RC for their involvement in all of our retiree discussions and plans. My officers and I want to thank the RC Director Mark Brodsky for all his work.
The RC Officers and Executive Board followed CSA’s charity of choice for 2018 and voted to donate $2,500 to Shane’s Inspiration, an organization that builds playgrounds for children with disabilities. One playground is slated to open in Brooklyn. Also, we donated $2,500 to CSA’s Scholarship Fund to help a worthy college-bound student in each borough.
Remember, the Labor Day Parade is Sept. 8, and the RC General Conference will be Nov. 3 at the NY Hilton in Manhattan.
Wishing you and your families a magnificent summer!
This column is reprinted from the June 2018 CSA News.