08/10/2015 - Last night, the Republican Party held its first primetime primary debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Participants in the evening event included current and former Governors Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, and Scott Walker; Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio; pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson;and business mogul Donald Trump. An event earlier in the day featured candidates who did not make the top ten in national polls.
08/03/2015 - Retirees who are unsure about whether they were affected by the OPM data breach involving names, birth dates, addresses, and Social Security numbers can call 844-777-2743 to find out, reports APWU Retirees Department Director Judy Beard. An advisor will assist with inquiries and can help those who were affected enroll in the identity theft monitoring program offered by OPM.
07/31/2015 - Retirees and allies around the country participated in more than 100 Medicare events celebrating 50 years of guaranteed health coverage for seniors this week. In Washington, DC, the Alliance for Retired Americans participated in a celebratory press conference with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) and Reps. Doris Matsui (CA), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Xavier Becerra (CA), and Joe Crowley (NY) to honor the program’s accomplishments and reiterate support for preserving it for the future. Alliance executive director Richard Fiesta and Alliance member Susan Thomas of Maryland spoke at the event. You can watch the video on YouTube. Minutes later, U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (NV) led a Senate celebration.
At 87 events in 37 states on July 30, unions, seniors, medical professionals and others held special celebrations in honor of Medicare’s 50th birthday.
“Today’s 50th anniversary of Medicare is not just a moment, it is a movement. We need to protect, improve and expand Medicare,” said APWU Retirees Director Judy Beard at the rally in Washington, DC.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was the only presidential candidate to attend the event, which was sponsored by National Nurses United.
07/27/2015 - On July 30 – the 50th anniversary of Medicare – APWU members will join with others across the country to celebrate the program that has helped more than 53 million seniors and disabled Americans obtain healthcare. To find an event in your area, visit www.medicare50th.org/#!/events or www.medicareturns50.org/events.html. To download a flyer to distribute on the work floor and take to events, click here. Sample op-ed columns and background information can be downloaded here.
07/17/2015 - If you missed last week’s National Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, or if you want to see more about it, visit the Alliance online! You can access photos from the event as well as the action session presentations on our conference web page.
In addition to hearing from dynamic speakers from Capitol Hill, the labor movement, and other allies, activists sharpened their skills in action sessions and met with more than 150 members of Congress.
‘I Stand with Postal Workers’
Dozens of people signed postcards declaring ‘I Stand with Postal Workers’ at the Alliance for Retired Americans’ Legislative and Political conference on July 7.
Seen here are retired members of the United Auto Workers from Ohio and Virginia.
06/26/2015 - In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in the case of King v. Burwell that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows residents of states using the federal insurance exchange to receive premium subsidies for their coverage — an outcome that preserves subsidies for 6.4 million people. This decision will be especially helpful to older Americans who are not yet eligible for Medicare. According to an analysis by the RAND Corporation, 34.9% of the ACA marketplace is made up of 50-64 year olds and of that group, 72.6% are eligible for subsidies.
Millions More Could Be Affected
06/22/2015 - The recent announcement by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) of a second major breach of data on “current and former employees of the federal government whose records OPM manages” could affect many APWU members, said Retirees Department Director Judy Beard.
“OPM manages the records of postal retirees, as well as the records of current and former members of the military, so this could mean you,” she said.
06/19/2015 - More than 70 delegates from more than 20 affiliated organizations attended the Biennial NCARA Convention on Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Fiesta, state Attorney General Roy B. Cooper and North Carolina AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer MaryBe McMillan were among those who spoke. At the convention, Bill Dworkin was re-elected President, Judy Coggins Treasurer and Mary Montford Secretary.