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About the Arizona Chapter

The NRLN Arizona Chapter was the first to organize under the NRLN's chapter structure in January 2013. The Arizona Chapter was originally established to reach out to US West/Qwest/CenturyLink retirees who were members of their retirement organization (TRA/AUSWR-AZ), which disbanded. In fact, many of the Board Members from TRA-AZ became leaders of the NRLN Arizona Chapter: Martha Deahl, Susan Olson, and Ken and Jennifer Gornall.

The Chapter also welcomes members from other companies and public entities as long as they are not already members of an NRLN Association (see Member Associations under “about us” at www.nrln.org . Retirees who become NRLN Chapter members will receive NRLN Action Alerts on federal legislation that impacts their retirement income security and reduce health care cost.

All AZ Chapter members are advocates belonging to the NRLN Grassroots Organization Network. Some NRLN AZ Grassroots’ advocates volunteer to become AZ Congressional District Leaders and make local visits to their respective Congressional District Offices and sometimes travel to Washington, D.C. to attend an NRLN “Fly-In”. The purpose of these visits are to educate the members of Congress on the NRLN’s Legislative Agenda (see the Legislative Agenda tab at www.nlrn.org), to make them aware of pending legislation that needs support and provide feedback of their performance (see Grassroots tab on www.nrln.org then click on Congressional Report Cards).

The NRLN Arizona Chapter Member Benefits:

Sign up with the form below to become a member of the NRLN Arizona Chapter. Or, send an email to arizonachapter@nrln.org with your name, email address, home address and telephone number. Note: you may be a chapter member whether you retired from US West, Qwest, CenturyLink or any other company, or whether you are still employed by the company.

We could use other retirees to help us interface with our AZ Senators’ and Representatives’ local offices. If they don’t hear from us, they assume we are happy with what they are doing. We need a voice for all retirees, many who cannot travel to visit their Senators and Representatives. Please help us spread the word about the NRLN and specifically the AZ Chapter and the work we are doing to help protect retirees’ interests. Please discuss the NRLN with all of you friends and encourage them to sign up to receive free emails at www.nrln.org. Remind them that their names, emails and home addresses are on a secure database designed for communicating with them and federal government officials. Also, follow the NRLN on Facebook.com/NRLN1 and Twitter.com/NRLN3.

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Also, if you would like to go to a local congressional office with your Congressional District leader, please give them a call. We always need constituents to go along on these visits. To find your Congressional District Leader, see “NRLN AZ Chapter Contact List” on the right.

NRLN Arizona Chapter Says – Wake Up AZ….

Now is the time for your Senators and Representatives to hear your voices! Let them know how you feel about their lack of action when it comes to protecting retirees’ benefits.

NRLN Report Cards on Arizona’s Members of Congress

The following "Report Card" shows whether Arizona members of Congress sponsored or cosponsored or voted for bills the NRLN supported in the current 115th Congress. Click here to access the Arizona Congressional delegation webpage on the NRLN website. Then click on the tab NRLN STATE REPORT CARD (EXCEL DOWNLOAD).

To: NRLN Arizona Chapter Grassroots Advocates      2018 Appeal Letter

The Arizona Chapter continues to be part of the the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) and every year NRLN President, Bill Kadereit and all of us who so willingly volunteer their time to make your voices heard in Washington, DC ask you to renew your NRLN Individual membership. Your individual membership contribution is important to the NRLN being able to advocate legislation for retirees. Over 80% of the NRLN’s budget annual comes from individual contributors. There is a tremendous amount of work the NRLN does on your behalf. Members of the AZ Chapter, and members of NRLN Executive Team, lobby in Washington, DC on important issues to protect your earned benefits and fight to lower the cost of prescription drugs. NRLN volunteers continue to keep you informed on up-to-date happenings and events via the NRLN messaging system and now on Facebook/NRLN1 and Twitter/NRLN3.

Your continued support of the NRLN, especially this year, is so important because of what I will refer to as our opportunity here in AZ to really make our voices heard! The example set by the National #RedforEd efforts paves the way for our AZ Congressional Leaders to know seniors vote and they had better listen. Trust me, they all recognize how many seniors/retirees reside here in AZ.

We need to be aware of the issues pertaining to Medicare and how some of our Congressional leaders are trying to privatize Medicare by incentivizing insurance companies that receive billions a year in taxpayer subsidies for Medicare Advantage plans to compete with Original Medicare.

Your continued support allows the NRLN to be involved in Washington, DC with the right committee leaders to protect Social Security. This may not be for us in our life time but many of our children have already paid huge amounts into the Social Security Fund. And, even though the fund may be exhausted by 2034 doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have a voice.

The NRLN has researched information in the annual reports of the Boards of Trustees for Social Security and Medicare and other federal government documents to create the NRLN Grand Bargain proposal to save Social Security and Medicare. See 6 articles addressing the plan at: https://www.nrln.org/facebookposts.html

The NRLN is keeping pressure on our Congressional leaders by making available a report of the bills the NRLN supports to reduce the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate the price of drugs for Medicare Part D participants; allow importation of safe and lower price drugs from Canada and prevent brand-name drug companies’ anti-competitive practices to stop or delay the introduction of cheaper generic drugs. See the above information on accessing AZ’s NRLN Report Card. You will be able to tell if your Representative and Senators are co-sponsors of bills supported by the NRLN. We need to make sure our future members of Congress that will be decided in November will reintroduce these bills in the new 116th Congress.

Representative David Schweikert (AZ-06) is on the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multi- Employer Pension Plans House Committee. This is very important assignment due to the concerns of pensioners that are receiving pensions from Single-Employer Pension Plans (i.e. CenturyLink, Nokia (formerly Lucent) and many others. Many are concerned that if the outcome of this committee results in negative financial losses for the pensioners, the result may bleed over to Single-Employer Plans. I know that our NRLN Executive Director is closely watching what happens. Congress needs to update a number of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) provisions to ensure that a corporate merger, acquisition or spin-off does not increase the risk of a pension plan termination. Current bankruptcy laws do not offer fair and equal treatment for retirees compared to those afforded to secured creditors. NRLN’s proposed changes would place retirees in a stronger position.

How You Can Help: Please make an annual contribution of $25, $50, $75 or more. Any amount you contribute will be appreciated. Make your check or money order payable to NRLN, Inc. and mail it with the Contribution Form below in the enclosed envelope. Or, if you would like to make your contribution on line go to www.nrln.org and click on the red flashing icon “Contribute to the NRLN”. Please, make sure to enter all your information. If you have already made your 2018 contribution, thank you.

Martha Deahl, President, NRLN Arizona Chapter

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