In March of 2006, individual members of your Association’s Board of Directors formed ProtectSeniors.Org with an ABTR founding grant.ProtectSeniors.Org is a separate lobbying organization, set up, specifically to lobby Congress for the passage of the HR1322 (TheEmergency Retiree Health Benefits Protection Act.) The Association of BellTel Retirees, as a nonprofit charitable organization, is not allowed by the IRS to spend more than 20% of it’s budget on lobbying.
Protect your earned benefits by not allowing corporate PR spin doctors sell the main stream media on your hard eared benefits being a “GIFT.” Never allow any Radio/TV commentator or other news media person get away with saying something like this: “Corporate retirees are lucky their company still offers this gift.” Or “Corporation X can’t afford this benevolent “welfare” benefit for retirees anymore.”
You, as a retiree, EARNED your healthcare benefit! It is not a gift! Call or write the offending media source and give them the facts. Tell them, how every year you worked, you were given an update of what your healthcare and other benefits in retirement were worth. During all your years of service you were constantly reminded by upper level management that your retirement benefits package was a real sweet deal. They always pulled this out when you were considering quitting. After all, it was a known fact at all levels of the Corporation, that this company would always take care of their retirees… How things have changed.
Please tell a friend who is retired from any US corporation or about to be retired, about ProtectSeniors.Org. It is not just for Bell or Verizon folks it is for all seniors who have healthcare insurance subsidized by their former company. Refer them to the ProtectSeniors.Org website.
See details of the progress towards passage of HR1322 and how HR6143 figures into the plan at the ProtectSeniors.Org website.