RETIREES IN ACTION
A message from PEF Retirees President Jim Carr
Retirees pursue common goals
As the president of PEF
Retirees, I sincerely thank the union’s leaders for giving me the opportunity to
address the delegates to PEF’s 35th annual convention, held recently in Buffalo.
I believe it was the first time a PEF Retirees president was asked to speak at a
My message was simple, “With leadership comes responsibility.” We must educate
ourselves and then keep our members informed on the issues that effect us all.
I challenged the delegates to educate themselves about PEF Retirees and then
inform their members of the value in joining us upon their retirement:
• We organize our members to defend our earned benefits, such as our pensions,
Social Security, state health insurance, and Medicare;
• We are retired public employees. Any retired public employee may join us;
• We are chapter driven;
• We have an active chapter in every PEF Region of New York and we have members
in all parts of the country;
• Our annual dues are $18 by automatic pension deduction or $21 if paid by
• PEF pays for its members’ first year of membership, but they still need to
sign up with us; and
• Health insurance for retired state and municipal employees in New York is
administered by the state Department of Civil Service and, unlike our pensions,
health benefits are not guaranteed by the state constitution.
I explained we are politically engaged because what happens in Albany and in
Washington affects us all. Therefore, the best way retirees can keep the
benefits we earned is by organizing.
To be effective as an organization we need everyone’s active participation and
assistance. Our ability to provide retirees the quality of living they deserve
depends directly on the volume and involvement of our membership.
As retirees, we know from experience union issues are retiree issues and union
concerns are community concerns. We are committed to maintaining a secure
retirement while leaving our communities better than we found them.
I asked the delegates to “give your members a few minutes of your time when they
are headed out the door for retirement. Sign them up for PEF Retirees."
Join PEF Retirees now! Membership equals benefits.
Contact PEF Retirees at 800-342-4306, x 289 or PEFRetirees@pef.org
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