Written by David Bernstein

                   President, State of Florida Retirees

        The State of Florida Retiree Spring Seminar will be held as a one day seminar on Tuesday, March 21st at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort (1100 N. Atlantic Ave. Daytona Beach, Fl. 32118. We will start at 9:30 am. We have prepared an interesting progream with some informative speakers...including an attorney who will speak on various subject of interest to seniors...and two of our own National Officers...Judy Beard, Legislative Director & Nancy Olumekor, our own Retiree Director. Come hear about Congress's proposed changes to our Health Plans and Medicare. As usual, we will be providing lunch for all retiree's (and up to one guest) in attendance at the morning session.  After lunch you are all invited to attend the Board Meeting.
         Come and support your State Retiree Chapter...each local chapter should be sending at least one or two members to each conference/seminar..etc. Chapters should be allocating a portion of their monies for such activities. MAL's (members at large are always welcome...and if you do not have a local Retiree Chapter in your area and you have at least 10 retirees who are interested in starting a chapter...I can help you with that. We need to get more “young blood” involved. We are here to preserve your benefits and therefor work hard, side by side with our active “brothers and sisters”. But as retirees, its not all work...we do have some “playtime”. And its a good way to renew old friendships and make some new ones. Hope you can make plans to be there!

The following article is from your State Retiree's Legislative Director, Corliss Ball

       Happy New Year everyone!!!! As you probably heard by now, an agreement has been reached between Staples and the Postal Service ending the three-year Staples boycott.
      Other wonderful news to report is that President Donald Trump has signed an executive order ending the U.S involvement in the Trans- Pacific Partnership trade agreement known as TPP. The new president seems to be off to a good start, BUT, what about the retirees???
      Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans recently issued this statement regarding two of the President’s cabinet nominees: “Retirees are recently terrified by the prospect of Tom Price being Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Mick Mulvaney directing the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). “Representative Mulvaney has earned a lifetime pro-retiree score of 6% on the Alliance’s Congressional Voting Record."
      “In May of 2009 Mulvaney voted in the South Carolina State Senate for an amendment declaring Social Security and Medicaid unconstitutional. In May 2011, he said Paul Ryan’s plan (his budget) needed to go further because it did not cut Social Security and Medicare ‘rapidly enough.’ That same year, Mulvaney told MSNBC that Social Security was a ‘Ponzi scheme’ that might not be able to provide assistance to people in the years to come. He even failed to pay Social Security and Medicare withholding taxes for a domestic worker, violating the law everyone else must follow, and disrespecting the very system he wants to oversee”. Rep Mulvany pledges to push President Trump to raise the Social Security retirement age past 67.”
       Richard Fiesta also said, “Representative Price has earned a lifetime pro-retiree score of 4% on the Alliance’s Congressional Voting Record. He has pledged to replace guaranteed earned Medicare benefits with a system of ‘coupon- care’ and vouchers that will cost retirees more, out of pocket. “Both nominees have made statements about the need to ‘reform’ Medicare and Social Security, including supporting of proposing privatization and raising the retirement age. This is in direct conflict with President Trump’s repeated promises not to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.” Richard Fiesta is asking us to call our Congressmen and tell them to vote against confirming Mick Mulvaney and Tom Price for these Presidential Cabinet positions. Tell your congressman that you want action on President Trump’s campaign promise not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.
      Back in October, APWU Retirees Department Director Nancy Olumekor stated, ”Unless the legislature takes action, a miniscule 0.3 percent 2017 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for millions of retirees will result in a substantial reduction in the annuities of hundreds of thousands of postal and federal employees who are enrolled in Medicare”.
      The APWU has joined with NARFE and 74 other organizations to urge Congress to find a solution. Go to the following link below to read the full article,
      The Social Security Administration website states: “The last 5 Trustees Reports have indicated that Social Security's Old-Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Fund reserves would become depleted between 2033 and 2037 under the intermediate set of economic and demographic assumptions provided in each report.” 
       H.R. 6489, the "Social Security Reform Act of 2016," introduced on December 8, 2016 by Representative Sam Johnson has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. Rep. Johnson feels this plan will permanently save Social Security. I will keep you informed on further updates.
In Union Solidarity, Corliss Ball, State of Florida Retirees Legislative Director

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