In 2013, The Association of U S WEST Retirees (PEC) began the process to create an Oregon NRLN grassroots network to advocate for retirees from all walks of life. A retiree can be from the corporate environment, military or self-employed. We all have a vested interest in what congress does with retiree issues.
Make Your Voice Heard With Members of Congress
The major role of the NRLN Oregon State Chapter is to advocate the NRLN Legislative Agenda for retirees to members of the Oregon State Congressional delegation. At the top of the NRLN list of items to protect are:
Go to http://www.congressweb.com/nrln/legislators to obtain contact information for your U.S. Senators and Representative. Addresses for their district offices are included. You are encouraged to visit them, get to know the in-state staff members and meet with your elected representative when he or she are at their local offices.
Please click on the "Legislative Action" tab to become familiar with the NRLN's advocacy for retirement income security and the reduction of health care costs. Drop down window options provide access to the NRLN's Legislative Agenda, Top Initiatives and White Papers that propose strengthening laws to protect retirees' interests.
Once you understand the NRLN initiatives, please write a personal letter to your U.S. Representative and Senators to urge them to introduce and pass legislation that will support retirees. If you have questions regarding initiatives, please contact Judy Stenberg at 425.746.5248
Click on the "Home" tab above to access the NRLN Home Page. In the upper right corner you will see the "Write to Congress" box. Type in your 5-digit zip code and click "GO". Names and photos of your Senators and Representative will appear. (If you live in a district that splits your zip code, your street address and 9-digit zip code will be requested,)
Click on the email option and on the next screen select "Compose Your Own Letter". You will be provided with a screen that requests your contact information (a Congressional requirement for letters) and a space to type in your letter. You may want to suggest in your letter that your elected representative visit http://www.nrln.org to learn about the NRLN’s legislative proposals.
Please make your voice heard with the men and women who were elected to represent you. NRLN home page: http://www.nrln.org
Judy Stenberg, NRLN Regional Vice-President (WA, OR, AK)
Leading the NRLN Oregon State Chapter’s Congressional grassroots efforts are:
We all need to be concerned about what is going on in Washington, D.C. regarding our retiree benefits, social security, and the burden of health costs in general on fixed incomes during our retirement years. It’s time that our elected officials hear from us on these important issues! The NRLN can help you to effectively communicate with your congressional delegation. It’s important to remember that we elect our representatives and it’s with the NRLN voice that we will be heard.
Please volunteer to assist the NRLN OR Chapter grow and become a grass roots powerhouse. To volunteer send an email to Chuck at: ORchapter@nrln.org
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Chapter members who have an email address in the NRLN Action Network database should have received the message from NRLN Bill Kadereit about Congress passing a two-year bipartisan budget bill that included a provision to raise the premiums that corporate pension plan sponsors pay to the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC).
The NRLN is concerned that the legislation could prompt pension plan sponsors to take a negative action on its pension plan such as de-risking. This action is when an employer switches its plan to the purchase of an annuity from an insurance company. This eliminates for pension plan participants the protections of ERISA and the PBGC safety net.
Association of US West Retirees (AUSWR) will recall that Curtis Kennedy has provided legal representation for US West / Qwest / CenturyLink retirees. He also has a big concern that the PBGC premium increases will incentivize many more high-profile pension plan sponsors, such as CenturyLink, to develop plans to "de-risk" their pension liability exposure. The NRLN and Mr. Kennedy regularly work together to protect the interests of retirees. Mr. Kennedy will again attend the NRLN’s Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. the first week of February.
The NRLN has a dedicated a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. and along with other NRLN leaders and members meets regularly with key Congressional committee staff members to advocate the NRLN’s legislative initiatives. Your support is needed to make the NRLN OR Chapter successful in communicating with Congress.
NRLN Solely Dedicated to Representing the Interests of Retirees
The NRLN, the Oregon State Chapter's parent organization, is the only nationwide organization solely dedicated to representing the interests of retirees and future retirees. The NRLN develops legislative proposals to address concerns of more than 2 million retires represented by 31 Retiree Associations and individuals who retired from 131 U.S. companies and public entities.
Each year the NRLN prepares a Legislative Agenda. Then, the Legislative Agenda is prioritized into the top six to eight initiatives that are supported by detailed White Papers and brief Executive Summaries or Position Papers that are posted on the NRLN website at www.nrln.org . A set of one-page Talking Points is also developed for each of the Top Priorities and they are used as a lobbying aid in Washington, D.C. and will be used by the NRLN Washington State Chapter members who will dedicate their time to visit with local Congressional Offices in Washington State and other States. Click here to access the Talking Points for the NRLN Top Priorities.
The NRLN Legislative Agenda Includes: