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SEPTEMBER 12, 2014: This week Association officials traveled to Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings on the issue of the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision – AKA the “WEP” law.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: Association members turned out in droves in support of our endorsed candidates on primary Election Day.
On a day when overall turnout amongst the general voting public was very low, retirees helped propel Deb Goldberg and Steve Kerrigan to victory in the Democratic primary for State Treasurer and Lt. Governor, respectively. Goldberg now faces Republican Michael Heffernan in the General Election November 4th.
SEPTEMBER 4, 2014: Citing his record of support for public retirees, the Retired State, County and Municipal Employees Association (Mass Retirees) has officially endorsed Warren Tolman for Massachusetts Attorney General.
During his two terms in both the House and Senate, Tolman quickly developed a reputation for standing up for working class issues. As a believer in public service, Tolman stood by public retirees during attempts to slash retiree benefits in the 1990s.
THE NEXT Massachusetts governor will make choices that will define the state’s economic destiny. Greater Boston may seem relatively secure in the good graces of the knowledge economy, but the next governor must have policies on taxes, transportation, energy, health care, and housing that provide incentives to convince promising startups to stay here and expand. Outside the Boston area, the choices only get harder. Can the state’s gateway cities rebuild their crumbling downtowns and faltering school systems to attract the manufacturers who are starting to bring jobs back from overseas? Read Full Article: Boston Globe Editorial
AUGUST 29, 2014: An election is now underway for the two elected positions on the City of Boston’s Retirement Board. Our Association is proud to support the reelection of Boston teacher Michael McLaughlin, along with the election of Boston fire fighter Michael O’Reilly.
SEPTEMBER 2014 VOICE - After eight years in office, during which time public retiree pension and healthcare benefits were often at the center of debate, Governor Deval Patrick chose not to seek reelection to a third term. Patrick’s departure, along with open seats for Lt. Governor, Attorney General and, importantly, Treasurer, creates a leadership vacuum on Beacon Hill.
LEOMINSTER -- A statewide association representing retired municipal employees is criticizing the city's Retirement Board for voting in July not to give retirees a cost-of-living pay increase in their pensions for the fifth straight year.Read Full Article: Leominster Sentinel
DATE: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014
TIME: 11:00 A.M. - NEW TIME
SITE: LANTANA, RANDOLPH
SEPTEMBER 2014 VOICE: By any fair measure, five years is a considerable amount of time. It’s half a decade, longer than a presidential or gubernatorial term in office and exceeds the time spent in high school or college. For Leominster’s retirees and survivors five years may only be the beginning of their wait for a modest and much needed cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).
SEPTEMBER 2014 VOICE: Born to a large Irish family well known in the Central Mass. town of Clinton, Steve Kerrigan honed his skills for grassroots activism and “helping others” at an early age. While raised in neighboring Lancaster, Kerrigan was never far from the strong sense of community that embodies Clinton and many other working class New England cities and towns.
Soon you will be making your choice in the upcoming Tuesday, September 9th State Primary Elections, for statewide candidates to advance to the November finals. But on that same Primary Day it will be your only opportunity to make the final choice for your next State Representative for West Lynn and Nahant.
On Tuesday, August 19th at 11:00am we will be hosting a complimentary continental brunch at the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor, Located at 180 Water Street, Plymouth.
Frank Valeri, our Association’s new President will chair the event. Frank has greatly energized our Association since assuming office and is looking forward to sharing his innovative goals with you as a member.
U.S. state and local-government pension investments gained the most in three years as stocks soared, according to a report to be released today by Wilshire Associates Inc.Read Full Article: Bloomberg News
August 1, 2014: An Association proposal that would increase the allowable earnings limit of all disability retirees cleared the Massachusetts Senate yesterday, on the final day of formal legislative action for the 2013-2014 session.
3% For Most Retirees & Survivors
JULY 18, 2014: With the approval of a 3% COLA for state and teacher retirees contained in the FY15 budget signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick on July 11, members can be assured of receiving a new COLA payment in their July pension check. The state has maintained the COLA base at $13,000, thus setting the maximum annual COLA at $390.
July 15, 2014: With a growing number of members now using the internet, the Association is expanding our online services. In addition to our website (www.massretirees.com), we are now emailing electronic updates and breaking news alerts to those members using email. We also place weekly updates and other unique features on our website, that are in addition to our award winning newsletter and toll-free hotline. And for those members seeking electronic payment options, we offer dues renewal through our website.
July 2014 Voice: We’ve all seen the steady stream of headlines and heard the sound bites declaring public pension systems a disaster, unsustainable or a failure. To the average citizen these are examples of bloated entitlement programs run amuck. For public retirees, these reports portray a nightmare scenario in which their retirement security is in jeopardy.
July 2014 Voice: Retired teachers and municipal employees will receive a two-year reprieve from increased health insurance contribution percentage rates due to a provision contained within the FY15 state budget. The law extends the same protection to municipal retirees that has been long afforded to state retirees.
July 2014 Voice: Throughout our Association’s 46-year history we have maintained a policy of supporting public officials and candidates for office who have a record of supporting public retirees. The criteria for receiving our endorsement are simple: Support and stand with public retirees through actions – not words or promises of future support.
We are proud to endorse Deb Goldberg of Brookline for the office of State Treasurer and Receiver General.