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Retired Teachers Ask Legislators to Honor Commitments

CEA Retired members listen to CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho explain the details of legislative proposals during a retired teachers' lobby day this morning.

CEA Retired members listened to CEA Retirement Specialist Robyn Kaplan-Cho explain the details of legislative proposals during a retired teachers’ lobby day this morning at the State Capitol.

Retired teachers turned out in droves today at the State Capitol to tell their legislators why it’s so important that the state fully honor its commitments to retirees. “It’s extremely important to be here today,” said CEA Retired member Althea Carr. “Our legislators need to know about the issues that concern us.”

“If legislators don’t hear from us, they won’t know what issues are important to us – and they work for us,” said Ann Grosjean. Read more

Teachers Continue to Contact Their Legislators and Urge You to Do the Same

Naugutuck teacher Anthony Scorge told Governor Malloy

Naugatuck High teacher Anthony Sorge asked Governor Malloy why he had proposed eliminating funding to the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund at a recent meeting in Naugatuck.

Your colleagues have made numerous calls urging legislators to continue the state’s contribution to the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund. Please join your colleagues and keep up the effort.

The legislature’s Appropriations Committee is still weighing  whether state dollars will be put into the fund for the next two years and every call makes a difference.

Naugatuck teachers are among the many who are speaking to elected officials about this important issue. At a recent town hall meeting in Naugatuck, teachers told Governor Malloy about the impact the cut in funding would have on them.

Naugatuck High School teacher Anthony Sorge asked the governor why he has proposed eliminating state funding to the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund. The governor said that the state is still experiencing difficult economic times and mentioned that the legislature can decide to move money around and reinstate dollars to the fund.

Retired teacher Jeanne Scheithe told Malloy she is concerned about the impact on teh

Retired teacher Jeanne Scheithe told Malloy she is concerned about the impact on the fund of eliminating the state’s contribution for two years.

Jeanne Scheithe, a retired Naugatuck teacher, raised concerns about the impact that the elimination of state dollars two years in row would have on the fund  — especially on top of the reduced state contribution to the fund this year and last.

Thank you to the Naugatuck teachers and everyone else who have been calling, emailing, and meeting with your elected officials. Teachers’ voices are being heard.

Please continue to call your state representative and state senator and ask them to ensure that the budget restores state funding to the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund. You can look up your legislators here.

  • House Democrats: 1-800-842-1902
  • House Republicans: 1-800-842-1423
  • Senate Democrats: 1-800-842-1420
  • Senate Republicans: 1-800-842-1421

Read additional details about the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund here.

CEA Retirees Spring into Action to Protect the Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund

Retired South Windsor teacher Marcia Baretta, at right, with past Hebron Education Association co-presidents Nancy Millerick (at left), and Althea Carr

From left, retired Hebron teachers and past co-presidents of their local Nancy Millerick and Althea Carr and retired South Windsor teacher Marsha Baretta learned more about the governor’s proposal to eliminate the state’s contribution to the retired teachers’ health insurance fund.

“Active and retired teachers need to get involved in issues of importance to the profession,” said Marsha Baretta, a retired South Windsor teacher. “And right now a key issue is our teachers’ health insurance fund, and it affects all teachers.”

Baretta, who was among a group of retirees at a CEA Retired Regional Member Activist Workshop in Glastonbury today, was talking about the governor’s proposed budget plan that completely eliminates the state’s contribution to the retired teachers’ health insurance fund for the next two years.

Jon-Paul Roden, CEA-Retired president and NEA-Retired Executive Council member, told his colleagues that the governor’s plan puts the retired health insurance fund in jeopardy. He called on the retirees to speak up on the issue and become more politically active. “Do whatever you can and whatever you can fit into your schedules,” said Roden. “It could be making a phone call, talking to other retirees about the issue, sending an email, or writing a letter to legislators—anything that will increase your activism and let your voices be heard.”

Retired  West Hartford teacher Ken Carpenter talks with Judy Baxter, retired Mansfield teacher and CEA local political coordinator.

Retired West Hartford teacher Ken Carpenter talks with Judy Baxter, retired Mansfield teacher and CEA local political coordinator.

CEA Political Action Coordinator Conor Casey told the group to tell their individual stories about how the cuts would impact them. When asked how many attendees had already called their legislators, more than half of those in the room raised their hands.

Many of the retirees, including Ken Carpenter, a retired West Hartford teacher, said their phone calls were taken very seriously.  “My call was transferred to the House Speaker’s office,” said Carpenter. “The Speaker’s aide was very receptive. He listened to my concerns and suggested sending emails or letters that could be given directly to the speaker.”

Casey agreed, telling the group, “Handwritten notes are important because legislators rarely get them and they pay more attention to them.”  He added, “There’s still plenty of opportunities for you to let your voices be heard by calling, emailing, or writing—take your choice, but do something.”

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