Will March come in as a lion or a lamb? Just like action before the Congress affecting Railroad Retirement, we will have to wait and see. While it is early in the First Session of the 114th Congress, we must be continually alert as to what legislation is introduced for action. Our National Officers and specifically our National Legislative Representative, Gary Faley are ever watchful for any indication of a change in our Railroad Retirement, Social Security or any other measure that may affect our monthly annuity.
Retired Rail Labor Unions already paid per capita membership affiliation to the ARA for all union retirees. 2014 and 2013 Voting Record.
Our Brothers and Sisters in the Alliance for Retired Americans report that President Obama’s action on immigration has the potential to strengthen Social Security and Medicare by bringing more young workers into the system:
For the last four years, Republicans in Washington have underfunded the Social Security Administration to the tune of $2.7 billion resulting in the closures of 80 Social Security field offices and 500 contact stations across the country. They are attempting to undermine our Social Security system through a depletion of services.
A Circle the Wagons communication for protection of failure, sharing ideas of interest, helping one another, planning and working together for the betterment of NARVRE
Going back to our latest Informational meeting in Covina, CA held on September 16, 2014, special recognition is pointed out concerning our invited guests. Take a look at what happened at this event.
Whitey Westphal and Tony Padilla
Walter Barrows and Jennifer Johnson
Tony Padilla visiting with guests.
Geri Clark and Gary Watkins
What is important about the pictures above is that our special invited guests took the time to visit and share with our members and yet to be members.
Among the attendees at the Informational Meeting were Unit Officers from other NARVRE units. David Rosse from Barstow unit, Larry Philippi from San Bernardino unit and our Master of Ceremonies Bob Aparicio from Los Angeles unit.
Don Richardson, Bud Davis, Larry Philippi
Vincent De Lazzaro Life and Health Agent
Bob Aparicio Los Angeles unit President
Larry Philippi wife Linda
Dave Rosse Barstow Unit President
Several of our Health Groups were invited to attend and set up booths. This is a great opportunity for our members to visit with and get the facts on health programs that help our members. We are certainly glad that they can come and take part in our Informational Meetings they are welcome guests and participants. It seems we often do not give these people the recognition they deserve and we need to do that. They are special and offer so much.
On June 13, 2014, National NARVRE President Tom Dwyer appointed me to the vacant Area 5 Directorship which encompasses the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, which was effective immediately. This position was recently vacated by Tony Padilla when he became the National Vice President via the election during the NARVRE convention held in Sacramento in April, so I will be fulfilling Tony’s remaining term of office of the Area 5 Director. By this new appointment I have also
Sacramento, California (John Higdon, Delegate)
I was appointed by President Tom Dwyer to serve on the Financial Committee for the 39th Convention. Met on Sunday, May 18 & after study & discussion determined that it was necessary to raise dues at $3.00 per member for 2015. The Convention body approved our recommendation -voting 34 to 22 in favor.
President Tom Dwyer gave his report, after outlining his duties, gave his report on the last two years. Also, he reiterated that we need to sign up the spouses as they will be the recipients of their husband’s full pensions.
Vice-President Newton reported we have 147 units representing 17,500 members.
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