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About the NRLN Utah Chapter

The core membership of the NRLN Utah Chapter are US West/Qwest/CenturyLink retirees and future retirees. The Chapter also welcomes members from other companies and public entities. Retirees who are members of a retiree association affiliated with the NRLN are invited to participate in the Utah Chapters’ grassroots efforts with Utah’s members of Congress Utah Chapter Grassroots Network Members advocate the NRLN’s federal legislative agenda to protect retirement income security and reduce health care costs.

Claudeen Luckart is the NRLN Utah Chapter President. Claudeen, who lives in West Valley City, UT, retired from Qwest in 2003. She was a Customer Service Technician. Claudeen can be contacted at utahchapter@nrln.org or call her at 801-969-9576.

Leading the NRLN Utah Chapter’s Congressional grassroots efforts are:

We all need to be concerned about what is going on in Washington, DC regarding our retiree benefits, social security, and the burden of health costs in general on fixed incomes during these retirement years. It’s time that our elected officials hear from us on these important topics! The NRLN can help all of us to communicate effectively with the members of Congress that we have elected.

Utah Chapter of NRLN is supporting HR 2228 , S122 to purchase affordable prescription drugs. Efforts are under way with Oct fly-in to Washingtion DC to work with broder states and consolidate effort to lower our costs as retirees by allowing us to purchase RX drugs from Cananda at rates approx 30 to 40 % lower than what we pay in the US. This effort comes after Congress has cleared the way to potenially allow more Doctors to become available to receive Medicare money and raise our rate in near future. By allowing a cheaper source for our purchasing of RX drugs, we can offset our increase in Medicare payments.

We are asking our Utah Congressman and Senators to support these bills thus offsetting their latest Medicare changes. Please take the time to study HR 2228 abd S122 by going to NRLN website. You can clearly read the report cards for our represtentatives to see if they cosponsor these bills. If they do not cosponsor these bills pick up the phone, write a letter or visit a local office and explain to them why you expect them to support these bills and explain to them why you should be allowed to pay less money for your required prescription drugs.

The Utah Chapter would like help from volunteers to provide items about fellow retirees and to continue milestone information about deaths, etc. on the chapter’s website. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Click Here to Become a Member of the Utah Chapter or send an email to contact@nrln.org with your name, email address, home address, zip code and telephone number. Note whether you retired from US West, Qwest or CenturyLink or whether you are still employed by the company.

Those who provide and email address will receive regular emails from the Utah Chapter and from the NRLN. Three times a year a copy of the NRLN Focus Newsletter that will include an NRLN Utah Chapter newsletter insert will be mailed to home addresses.

Make Your Voice Heard With Members of Congress

One of the major roles of the NRLN Utah Chapter is to advocate the NRLN legislative agenda for retirees to members of the Utah Congressional delegation.

Pension, Social Security and Medicare protection are at the top of the list of things to protect and reducing health care cost, especially the cost of prescription drugs.

You are encouraged to click on the "Legislative Action" tab above to become familiar with the NRLN's Legislative Agenda, its top legislative initiatives and its white papers on these issues. Drop down window options provide access 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. Type your 5-digit zip code in the box next to the photo of the U.S. Capitol Building and click “Go” to access the webpage where you can identify your elected representatives. When the names and photos of your elected representatives appear click on the “Send a Message” button. On the next webpage click on the “Write Your Legislators” button.

When the NRLN emails an Action Alert click on the links in the message to send the NRLN’s sample letter to your elected representatives.

Please make your voice heard with the men and women who were elected to represent you.


Join the NRLN Utah Chapter

The NRLN Utah Chapter will work to keep the spirit of Utah AUSWR alive and build an even stronger grassroots network to be a voice for Utah retirees. Your participation in the NRLN Utah Chapter’s grassroots efforts is important. If you are interested in helping with our grassroots effort in the NRLN Utah Chapter, fill out the NRLN Utah Chapter Sign-Up Form below and mail it to the address shown on the form. Become part of the NRLN grassroots effort to protect our earned benefits.

Neil West, Vice President – Mountain West Region
National Retiree Legislative Network


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NRLN Report Cards on UT, ID and MT Members of Congress

The National Retiree Legislative Network's advocacy emphasis is on Pension Plan Asset Protection, including stopping the use of pension assets for non-pension expenses, protecting retirees in pension plan de-risking and providing more accurate disclosures in Annual Funding Notices. The NRLN also advocates getting important prescription drug bills passed plus enactment of legislation to eliminate Medicare's rule requiring a 3-day inpatient stay in a hospital to qualify for Medicare payment of skilled nursing facility services.

Part of the lobbying effort of the NRLN and the NRLN Grassroots organization is to help educate the officials and their staffs about the need for the legislation. While a Representative or Senator may not actively sponsor or co-sponsor a bill, it is hoped he or she will vote favorably at the time of final passage.

Click on the separate links below to view the stance (April 2016) of U.S. Senators and Representatives in the NRLN Mountain West Region in Utah, Idaho and Montana.

Utah Report Card
Idaho Report Card
Montana Report Card

Milestones

Click here to read obituaries of US West/Qwest/CenturyLink retirees. If you see obituaries of your former co-workers, please send newspaper clippings or information to Claudeen Luckart at utahchapter@nrln.org .


Read the UTAH Chapter's addition to the NRLN FOCUS Newsletter here.


NRLN Guarding Chapter Members’ Pension Plans

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.

Click here to read the NRLN President’s message NRLN’s perspective on the PBGC premium increase.


NRLN Utah Chapter on the Move

As your NRLN Utah Chapter moves toward 2014 your leadership team is working on being effective grassroots advocates with Utah U.S. Representatives and Senators plus making plans on how we expand the size of our organization.

I met on December 5th with Sherri Shilcrat, Chapter Legislative Director, and Neil West, NRLN Vice President, Mountain West Region, for a planning session on how we move forward. We decided to ask Chapter Congressional District leaders to form their own network of people to help them in calling and letter writing campaigns with their members of Congress.

I thought you might like to get to know your Chapter leaders. Read more.


Utah AUSWR Members Are Core of NRLN Utah Chapter

The final year of the AUSWR Utah/Idaho/Montana organization is winding down. The August meetings in Salt Lake City and St. George were the last scheduled meetings. So that years of work standing up for the rights of US West/Qwest/CenturyLink retirees does not vanish, the Utah Chapter of the National Retiree Legislative Network has been formed. The NRLN is a nationwide organization solely dedicated to representing in Washington, D.C. the interest of retirees and future retirees.

I am Neil West the NRLN Vice President for the Mountain West Region and I will be working with NRLN Chapters in Utah, Idaho and Montana. I am pleased to announce that Claudeen Luckart is the NRLN Utah Chapter President. Claudeen, who lives in West Valley City, UT, retired from Qwest in 2003. She was a Customer Service Technician.

Leading the NRLN Utah Chapter’s Congressional grassroots efforts are:

The NRLN Utah Chapter is looking for help to organize in Congressional District 1. We all need to be concerned about what is going on in Washington, DC regarding our retiree benefits, social security, and the burden of health costs in general on fixed incomes during these retirement years. It’s time that our elected officials hear from us on these important topics! The NRLN can help all of us to communicate effectively with the members of Congress that we have elected.

The Utah Chapter would like help from volunteers to provide items about fellow retirees and to continue milestone information about deaths, etc. on the chapter’s website.

If you would like to volunteer to assist the NRLN Utah Chapter, send an email to Claudeen at utahchapter@nrln.org or call her at 801-969-9576. WE NEED YOUR HELP!

AUSWR UT/ID/MT members in other states are being sent this message for the NRLN Utah Chapter. If your preference is to be identified with either the Idaho Chapter or Montana Chapter that is being formed, please send an email to contact@nrln.org and state the chapter with which you want to be affiliated.

The NRLN has been an advocate for AUSWR members and other retirees in Washington, D.C. to gain legislation to better protect our pensions, benefits, Social Security and Medicare. The NRLN Utah Chapter will continue to monitor CenturyLink’s actions related to its retirees while it work with the NRLN to get laws enacted to safeguard what retirees have earned during their working years.

I represented our region in Washington, D.C. July 9 – 11 on a special initiative that has the potential of being very important to US West/Qwest/CenturyLink retirees. Those initiatives are de-risking of pension plans and pension plan funding disclosures. In June, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that Verizon retirees had filed because Verizon converted retirees pensions into a Prudential annuity for about 40% of its salaried retirees. Once an annuity is purchased there is no longer any protection of retirement income security under federal laws and agencies. CenturyLink could take that same action. We need your support to be your eyes and ears on Washington, D.C. and CenturyLink.

The NRLN is advocating regulations and legislation to protect retirees in de-risking. The NRLN has produced a de-risking position paper with proposed changes in laws and regulations. Another new NRLN position paper identifies changes needed to Annual Funding Notices to provide pension plan participants a clearer picture of the true financial status of their pension plans. I and 13 other NRLN, retiree association and chapter leaders presented the de-risking and disclosure proposals in meetings with the Assistant Secretary of Labor and senior staff members of Congressional committees with jurisdiction over pension issues. I also had meetings with Legislative Assistants to Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-2) and Rep. Raul Labrador (ID-1) to advocate NRLN legislative initiatives.

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Other Benefits of Being an NRLN Utah Chapter Member


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