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Welcome to the Retiree Division

Welcome to the Retiree Division section of Local 1180's new website. More than just a drop-in center, the Retiree Division provides retirees of CWA Local 1180 with a venue to pursue their social, intellectual, and educational interests throughout their retirement. Through thoughtful and creative planning, the staff of the Retiree Division prepares a monthly calendar representing a compilation of some of the greatest activities in the area at any given moment. Broadway shows, trips, speakers, lunches, and interactive workshops allow retirees to socialize with peers, have fun, and learn a little along the way.

We can only begin to tell you about how glad our retirees are to have a one-stop-shopping experience that offers so many ways to keep busy, engaged, and active. We hope that you make the decision to join in on some of the fun. Read the monthly calendar to see what events are coming up, and then call to reserve your space. Remember that we are providing programs for more than 4,000 retirees in the New York City area, so space may be limited.

We have a special welcome gift for all 'newbie' retirees. Or, if you are an existing retiree, stop by the office just to say hello. We can't wait to greet you all.

 

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Suzanne E. Beatty, LMSW

Retiree Division Director

Biography

Director's Message

With the onset of June in the Northeast comes the relief that the warmth of the season will finally settle in. No longer will we have sporadic intervals of dampness or cold that linger from winter through spring. With June comes the beginning of summer and enjoyment of sunshine, beach days, butterflies, birds and flowers. I love this season!
  
We have our own seasons in the Retiree Division, but they come at the end of June and we have only two of them instead of New York’s weather-y four. They are Benefit Season and Not-Benefit Season. Benefit Season (January–June) means all hands on deck. Helping members navigate the sometimes slippery roads of their benefits and giving clear directions is what we do. Not-Benefit Season means we have time to go through files and clean up until benefit season comes again. 

As retirees, you fall into three primary groups related to benefit reimbursements. The first I call the Easy-Breezy retirees. It’s always sunshine and clear skies for this group as they saunter in with everything together and just want to do a quick sit down to review. They are confident about their submission and simply want to check-it-complete and go back to enjoying their day. 

The second group is the Bring-It-All retirees. Everyone in this group appeared to empty their file cabinet as they were unsure what to bring so they brought it all. Think of the kind of people who pack an umbrella and sunscreen when they go out!  This group wants to do it correctly and not miss anything they are entitled to.  

The third and final group I call the It’s-Just-Too-Much retirees. This group never actually brings in any paperwork. If they were weather, this group would be a hazy morning giving way to a foggy afternoon. These retirees are fearing ‘thunder-blizzard with a chance of tornado’ and have taken cover and decided not to leave the house. In this group, retirees have too many questions or feel too overwhelmed to apply for the reimbursement so just choose to skip it.  


In various situations we can feel overwhelmed and sometimes even stupid (P.S.-never call yourself stupid) as if everyone seems to know except you! You feel embarrassed to show your lack of understanding and feelings of confusion. It varies by person, but everyone has experienced this. From time to time, people lose confidence, feel diminished in capacity, or have low energy due to stress or health issues. Because of this, some things are just too much to deal with at certain times. 

These feelings can hit anyone at any time. Even when we know the fears are unwarranted, sometimes overcoming them is a daunting challenge and it’s just easier to give in and give up.  A good strategy could be helpful when these feelings and situations arise.

For starters, don’t shame yourself and think you should know better or should be able to do it. It is not a bad thing; it just is. Shame, embarrassment, and guilt hold you away from your desired outcome. Write down your questions if that makes you feel more confident to move forward. If you don’t know your questions, start with an “I need help,” then take it from there. Feel your truth and accept that sometimes we don’t understand and need helpt. If you come across a fellow retiree struggling and unsure, point them in the right direction and encourage them to take the first step. Then we’ll hold their hand and walk with them over the rainbow.

 

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Any retiree with Congratulations they want to share, should email the information to:
retireedivision@cwa1180.org

 

 
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Any retiree with Condolences they want to share, should email the information to:
 retireedivision@cwa1180.org

Condolences to: George Cuevas on the passing of his mother Emily Boria on March 25, 2019, at Arnold Walter Nursing. She was surrounded by her family at the time of her passing at 8:31 p.m.

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Meet the Retiree Division Staff

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan
Assistant to the Director
Retiree Benefits

Biography

Dianne Mason-Smith

Dianne Mason-Smith
Assistant to the Director
Retiree Programs & Events

Biography

Amber Mathis

Amber Mathis
Administrative
Assistant

Biography

Indra Subryan

Indra Subryan
Benefit Assistant

Biography

 

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Local 1180 Retiree Division History

In 1996, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer a new benefit to retirees that would assist them in transitioning from a worker to a retiree. The age wave was producing a new group of retirees that had shown a greater interest in remaining active. The Retiree Division was born that year and began offering recreational programming, workshops, educational classes all within a new center housed 97 Hudson Street, on the lower level of the building occupied by Local 1180. The Division continues to reach out to retired members and provide an opportunity that promotes their physical and emotional well-being as they remain active educationally, culturally, and socially. The Retiree Division engages retirees in activities that support a long and healthy retirement with dignity and respect.

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Retiree Division Contact Information


CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division

97 Hudson Street   |   New York, NY 10013
212.226.5800   |   800.801.2882 (out-of-area)
retireedivision@cwa1180.org


Mailing Address

CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division
6 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013

 

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