Posted: September 12, 2012
Future Retirees: A Deal for You!
The IBEW Local 1245 Retiree Clubs have a deal for you.
If you’re 50 years old or older, you can sign up as an “associate member” and begin to enjoy what the Retiree Clubs have to offer. That includes a package of “Union-Plus” benefits designed by the IBEW especially for retired union members, and access to a wealth of information about the federal benefits you’re entitled to.
“When you become an associate member of one of our chapters, you automatically become a member of the Alliance for Retired Americans,” explains Tom Bird, president of the Yerrington (Nevada) Chapter of the IBEW 1245 Retirees Club.
“The Alliance has all the latest information about the benefits we’re all looking forward to—our Medicare and our Social Security. Some people may not be aware of the current threat to these benefits and the things we’re doing to try to preserve them,” Bird said.
By joining the Retiree Club now, you lend your support to the growing movement to defend these benefits from politicians who want to take them away.
And here’s some good news. The Union-Plus program makes a variety of services available to IBEW members at steep discounts—from legal counseling, to low-interest credit cards, to gifts and flowers and much more. Your membership in the Retirees Club assures your continuing access to these money-saving deals.
“We want to encourage workers who still have a few years left on the job to start thinking now about some of the challenges that await retirees, and to understand that we can meet these challenges better if we are united, just like we were stronger in the workplace by being united,” said Bird.
“Some people feel so defeated that they’re going to lose Social Security and Medicare and don’t know what the future holds,” Bird said. “The good news is that retirees are getting organized to protect our benefits, and there’s no need to wait until retirement to make your voice heard on these issues.”
Local 1245 members who are still working can become an Associate Member of the Retirees Club for just $36 a year, the same low price as regular retired members.
“Benjamin Franklin said we have to hang together or we will all surely hang separately,” said Bird. “The Retirees Club is how we hang together as retired IBEW members and continue to make our collective voice heard. We encourage anyone who has retirement in their sights to go ahead and make the leap now—join the Retirees Club.”
Retired Local 1245 members, and active Local 1245 members who are 50 years or older, can join the Retirees Club by e-mailing Tonya Alston at TFA3@ibew1245.com, calling her at 707-452-2718, or writing to her at IBEW Retirees Club, P.O. Box 2547, Vacaville, CA 95696