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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

This edition of our retiree newsletter may be a bit late in reaching you due to the late confirmation of several contracts for events planned for this month. I had to make the decision between waiting another day to make sure all our events were set or taking the events off the calendar to meet our deadline. I chose the former. I hope that as you read on, whether you are one who attends regularly or one who participates vicariously from home, you will agree that it was worth the wait.

On any given month I come up with a dozen subjects for my column that are worthy of repeating regarding retirement and after 65 living. It’s not animated laughter on the golf course with friends, nor is it a Norman Rockwell view of grandchildren sitting at the knee of their wise and loving grandparent, as you tell life stories and feed their hungry minds. It’s also not the commercials for name-brand prescriptions, extra insurance, or investment options for your mattress cash. There is merit to each of these, but they hardly capture the individually rich and highly personalized — yet also common — threads that exist.

The topic this month was going to be about communicating with millennial grandchildren, an article I started after observing interactions between my octogenarian/nonagenarian parents and my niece. The following is an excerpt from a real conversation — Niece: “Grandpa, when I come, can I bring my snake?” My father: “Your grandmother doesn’t like snakes.” Niece: “Yeah!! Grandpa said I can bring him!” It was like watching someone speaking the click-language from Botswana and another person speaking Ancient Greek. My parents outraged at the seemingly outright disrespect and disregard of their wishes and my niece stunned and bewildered by the cold door in her face when (in her mind) she asked before bringing the snake. Grandpa didn’t say no and to her, lots of people don’t like snakes. It was an informative statement he made; simply, Grandma’s preference! 

But, the research on Generational Differences in Communication will have to wait for another day. You see, in the time that the contracts were delayed, Local 1180 developed a new contact form that is important for everyone to fill out. In addition to my obligation to encourage you to fill it out completely and return it, this also gives me an opportunity to enrich your understanding about another important topic, which is digital/online accounts and contact information.  

Other agencies may auto-enroll you in electronic messaging and online statements and you might not be aware. Rather than send you a statement every month, they may have switched from paper statements to ones you can access through an online account. You may not have realized since it isn’t mail that you look at regularly and it’s easy to overlook a quarterly statement or an annual review that could have included a reminder to update your contact preferences. This means not just shopping notifications but financial, insurance, and benefit providers. You can change this with a phone call requesting to continue receiving paper statements. 

Your homework is to complete the form and return it to 1180,  and go through all your accounts and check old statements to make sure your contact information and mail preferences are up to date.   

As for the other topics, well, perhaps another time in another newsletter. I’ll let you know what happened with the snake!

UPDATE YOUR RETIREE CONTACT FORM

 

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

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Congratulations to retiree Eddie Barrett, who reported that she is just returned from Tennessee where she attended the graduation ceremonies of both her great-grand daughter from college and her grand-son from High School!! That’s a lot to celebrate Eddie!! Congratulations!!

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Congratulations to awesome grandma/retiree Helena Crump whose grandson Tyliek Williams graduated from Buffalo State College with honors! 
She’s waiting on the college acceptance letter for her granddaughter now!

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Great news for retiree (can’t say her name due to confidentiality) who went to OLR to state that her Medicare reimbursement was incorrect and found out that the incorrect amount was for her husband and that OLR didn’t have her information at all and she is now eligible for 3 years retroactive Medicare reimbursement in addition to the $300 differential!! Way to go empowered 1180 retiree!!

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

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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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Condolences to family and friends of Sonja Bentley.  She left us peacefully on May 9, 2019. Sonja worked for the Dept. of Buildings for 33 years! That’s a lot of service. 

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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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