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NEWS RELEASES


2014

NRLN Opposes Benefit Cuts for Multi-Employer Plan Participants Threatened by Congress

Congress is considering allowing the benefits of current retirees in multi-employer pension plans to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation’s 1,400 multi-employer pension plans. Click here to read the NRLN’s news release opposing the benefit cuts being considered.


NRLN News Release: Allow Medicare to Negotiate for Drug Prices

The NRLN tries to take advantage of every opportunity to gain exposure for its legislative initiatives. An opportunity presented itself with the Oct. 5th 60 Minutes report “The Cost of Cancer Drugs”. In the report three doctors were critical of high prescription drug prices with one doctor believing that the law preventing Medicare from negotiating for lower prices must be changed.

The NRLN has for a long time advocated legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate for lower prices for prescription drugs. Click here to read the NRLN’s news release on this issue distributed on Tuesday, Oct. 14 to the national news media.


2012

NRLN National News Release - Retiree Leader Says Bankruptcies Ruining Retirees' Lives

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2012) – The lack of federal legislation to protect retirees' pensions and benefits in corporate bankruptcies is ruining the lives of retirees according to the leader of the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN).

"When companies file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, retirees regularly lose their health care and life insurance benefits and frequently their underfunded pension plans are taken over by the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)," said Bill Kadereit, NRLN President. "Retirees often have their pension income reduced at the time when their expenses for health care insurance increase and life insurance is unaffordable or even unobtainable due to age or other conditions...”Read more...

2009

Cadre of Retirees Heading to Washington, DC to Remind Members of Congress about Issues Important to Retirees

In the midst of Congress' focus on health care reform, a cadre of 74 NRLN Grassroots Network members retirees from 22 states will be visiting their U.S. Senators and Representatives in Washington, DC on Sept. 16 and 17, to remind them that health care is not the only issue impacting retirees.

"While we will provide our views on retirement health care issues, we want members of Congress to understand there is a need for legislation to protect pensions," said Bill Kadereit, NRLN President. "Also, it is critical that legislative changes be made to provide retirees fairer treatment under bankruptcy laws and the rules applied by the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) when it takes over pension plans." Read more...


News Release: Retiree Leader Urges Congressional Committee Leaders to Hold Hearings on Retirees' Vanishing Health Care Benefits

Bill Kadereit, president of a NRLN, announced in a national news release that he has asked leaders of two Congressional committees and three subcommittees to conduct hearings on the vanishing health care benefits of America's retirees. Click here to read the news release.


2008

NRLN News Release Condemns Qwest's Retaliatory Threats Against Retirees' Life Insurance Benefit
In an NRLN News Release issued on July 10, 2008, NRLN President Bill Kadereit condemned the retaliatory threats against U S WEST / Qwest retirees' life insurance benefits contained in a legal brief filed by the attorneys for Qwest Communications. Click on the headline above to read the news release.


Federal Judge Rules Lucent Technologies Violated Law By Failing To Maintain Medical Benefits For Retirees
A news release was issued on June 12, 2008 announcing that a federal district court judge in Newark, N.J. has ruled that Lucent Technologies, now known as Alcatel-Lucent, violated the requirements of Section 420 of the Internal Revenue Code in administering its health care plan for management retirees during the period 1999-2006. Lucent retiree plaintiffs had charged in a lawsuit filed on October 24, 2005 that, following several transfers beginning in September 1999 of excess pension assets to a retiree health care trust, Lucent failed to meet its "benefit maintenance" obligations for the years 1999 through 2003 and its "cost maintenance" obligation for the years 2004 through 2006, as mandated by plan provisions incorporating these requirements of Internal Revenue Code Section 420. Click here to read the entire news release.


NRLN NEWS RELEASE:NRLN Condemns Chrysler's Elimination Of Life Insurance For Management Retirees
The NRLN has issued a news release in which Bill Kadereit condemns Chrysler's decision to no longer extend company-sponsored group life insurance to its management retirees, effective June 1, 2008. The news release also calls on Congress to act to stem the tide of broken corporate promises.


National Retiree Legislative Network Expands Board of Directors, Elects New Leaders issued 1/10/08


Communications Workers of America Leader Elected To National Retiree Legislative Network’s Board of Directors issued 1/10/08


Retiree Leader Condemns EEOC’s Regulation As Damaging To Medicare-Eligible Retirees issued 1/2/08


2007

Retiree Leader Calls On Congress To Remove Roadblocks To Lower-Priced Generic Drugsissued 11/16/07


NRLN Opposes Financial Firms' Proposals To Buy Out Corporate Pension Plansissued 10/19/07


Jim Norby Calls On Congressional Committees To Prevent FDA From Yanking Long-Used Drugs From Marketissued 10/1/07


Retiree Network Leader Calls For U.S. House To Pass Children's Health And Medicare Protection Actissued 7/25/07


Retiree Leader Says Appeals Court’s Decision Marks Dark Day For America’s Older Retirees issued 6/11/07


NRLN Files Amicus Brief In Lucent Retirees’ Appeal Of Court Upholding Lucent Technologies’ Elimination of Retirement Benefit issued 4/27/07


Retiree Leader Concerned About Direction Of Prescription Drug Price Negotiations Bill  4/13/07


Caution Needed On Tax Code Change Proposal That Would Damage Healthcare Coverage For Retirees1/31/07


2006

Retiree Network Seeks Congressional Hearings To Address US West/Qwest Benefit Cuts 10/27/06


Retiree Network Urges Older Americans to Ask Congressional Candidates the ‘Tough Questions’ 10/5/06


Retiree Network Seeks Congressional Hearings To Address US West/Qwest Benefit Cuts 10/27/06


Retiree Network Urges Older Americans to Ask Congressional Candidates the ‘Tough Questions’ 10/5/06


Retirees Network Applauds Passage Of Pension Reform Legislation8/10/06


NRLN President Supports LRO's Plea To Secretary of Labor To Protect Pensions And Benefits  7/30/06


Retirees Network Cites a ‘Double Standard’ For Worker and Executive Pension Plans7/10/06


Retiree Network Deplores Benefit Cutbacks For Daimler Chrysler Over Age 65 Retirees 6/21/06


Retirees Network Organizes Grass Roots Campaign For Pension Reform during Congressional Recess 4/11/06 


Retirees Network Calls Section 420 Amendment A ‘Slap in the Face’ to Pension Reform 3/24/06


Retirees Network Urges Conference Committee To Revise Proposed Pension Reform Legislation 3/16/06


National Retiree Group Condemns Corporate Lobbying To Protect the Stripping of Pension Plans 2/1/06


2005

National Retiree Group Says U.S. House Is Playing Scrooge by Not Passing Pension Reform Bill  12/8/05


National Retiree Group Applauds Senate Passage Of Pension Security and Transparency Act  11/17/05


National Retiree Group Cites Urgent Need For Health Benefits Protection Legislation  8/31/05


National Retiree Group Cites Legislative Priorities For Addressing America’s Pension Crisis  8/22/05 


2004

NRLN press Release regarding HR1322


NRLN News Release regarding Nov. 10, 2004 New York Times story about DOL not representing Retirees.


Retiree Group Calls on President, Congress To Overturn ‘Discriminatory’ EEOC Ruling 


National Retiree Organization Is Riled Over Pension Funding Equity Act


NRLN Praises SEC Ruling Giving Small Shareholders Right To Propose Nomination Of Directors Through Proxy Process


NRLN Hails Judges Ruling In IBM "Cash Balance" Case


NRLN Organizes Grassroots Campaign Against Medicare Prescription Drug Bill


NRLN Calls Medicare Prescription Drug Bill ‘Bad Medicine’ for American Retirees


NRLN Urges Rejection of Portman-Cardin Bill Provisions That Allow Changing Funding Assumptions That Let Corporations Reduce Funding Of Their Pension Plans


NRLN Testifies Against Internal Revenue Service


Regulations On Cash Balance Plans


New Proposals For Helping Older Workers and Retirees


NRLN Endorses Effort To Derail New IRS Cash Balance Regulations


NRLN UPDATE on New General Motors Cutbacks of Retiree Health Benefits


NRLN Suggests Failing Grade for 107th Congress


President Norby calls on Presidential Candidates and Congress to fix broken Pension System before its too late.


NRLN Joins Ad Hoc Coalition To restore Retirement Security


LETTERS TO WASHINGTON


2017

Committee H.R. 1316 Chair Tiberi

Committee H.R. 1316 Rep Levin

Committee H.R. 2823 Chair Brady

Committee H.R. 2823 Rep. Neal

Committee H.R. 4116 Chair Burgess

Committee H.R. 4116 Rep. Green

Committee S. 1321 Chair Alexander

Committee S. 1321 Senator Murray

H.R. 3857 Senator McConnell

H.R. 3857 Speaker Ryan

Thank You H.R. 1298 Rep. Davis

Thank You H.R. 1298 Rep. Wenstrup

Thank You S. 1348 Senator Wyden

President Trump Withdraw Nomination of Alex Azar

NRLN Ltr Committee H.R. 1173, 1409, 1480, 1825, 2307 Chair Burgess

NRLN Ltr Committee H.R. 1173, 1409, 1480, 1825, 2307 Rep. Green

NRLN Ltr Committee H.R. 1173, 1825, 2307, 2589 Chair Tiberi

NRLN Ltr Committee H.R. 1173, 1825, 2307, 2589 Rep.Levin NRLN Ltr Committee H.R. 2412 Chair Marino

NRLN Ltr Committee H.R. 2412 Rep. Cicilline

NRLN Ltr Committee S. 448, S. 1076, S. 1197 Chair Hatch

NRLN Ltr Committee S. 448, S. 1076, S. 1197 Senator Wyden

Committee H.R. 817, 2113 & 2212 Chair Tiberi

Committee H.R. 817, 2113 & 2212 Ranking Member Levin

Committee H.R. 878 & H.R. 2368 Chair Sensenbrenner

Committee H.R. 878 & H.R. 2368 Ranking Member Ranking Member Sheila Jackson Lee

Ltr Committee S. 204 Chair Alexander

Committee S. 204 Ranking Member Murray

Committee S. 284 Chairman Hatch

Committee S. 284 Ranking Member Senator Wyden

Committee S. 974 Chairman Grassley

Committee S. 974 Ranking Member Senator Feinstein

Chairman Walberg Release Medicare Advantage DataChairman Alexander Release Medicare Advantage Data

NRLN and ARA Presidents to HHS Secretary

Committee H.R. 1513 & H.R. 1171 Chair Johnson

Committee H.R. 1513 & H.R. 1171 Rep. Larson

Committee H.R. 1578 & H.R. 749 Chair Burgess

Committee H.R. 1578 & H.R. 749 Chair Tiberi

Committee H.R. 1578 & H.R. 749 Rep. Green

Committee H.R. 1578 & H.R. 749 Rep. Levin

Thank You H.R. 1038 Rep. Griffith

Thank You H.R. 1173 Rep. Noem

Committee S. 379 Chair Hatch.pdf

Committee S. 379 Senator Wyden.pdf

Committee S. 297 Chair Alexander.pdf

Committee S. 297 Senator Murray.pdf

Thank You S. 413 Senator Capito.pdf

NRLN Ltr Thomas Marino H.R. 138.pdf

Joe Wilson H.R. 355 Delaying Fiduciary Rule

NRLN Ltr HHS Secretary Price Rx Canada

Grassley, Klobuchar, McCain

David Cicilline H.R. 138.pdf

2016

Rx Pricing Letter to President Obama 10.12.2016

NRLN Letter to Senator Wyden on S. 3111

Senator Wyden on S. 2864.pdf

Thank You S. 2623 Senator Franken

NRLN Ltr Committee H.R. 1882 Rep. Brady

Committee H.R. 1882 Rep. Levin

Committee S. 315 - Senator Orrin Hatch

Committee S. 315 - Senator Ron Wyden

Thank You H.R. 729 Rep. Maloney

Thank You H.R. 745 Rep. Walden

Thank You H.R. 1882 Rep. Nunes

Thank You S. 315 Senator Heller

Thank You S. 315 Senator Klobuchar

Thank You S. 377 Senator Schumer

Thank You H.R. 1270 Rep. Jenkins

Call for Vote H.R. 1270 Speaker Ryan

Call for Vote H.R. 1270 Chairman Brady

Thank You S. 709 Senator Roberts

Thank You S. 709 Senator Heitkamp

Thank You S. 1566 Senator Kirk

Call for Vote S. 1566 Chairman Alexander

Call for Vote S. 1566 Senator Murray

Thank You H.R. 2739 Rep. Higgins

Thank You H.R. 2739 Rep. Lance

Call for Vote H.R. 2739 Chairman Upton

Call for Vote H.R. 2739 Rep. Pallone

Thank You S. 1926 Senator Ayotte

Thank You S. 1926 Senator Mikulski

Thank You H.R. 3339 Rep Wasserman Schultz

Thank You H.R. 3339 Rep. Ellmers

Thank You H.R. 2799 Rep. Griffith

Call for Vote H.R. 2799 & 3339 Chairman Pitts

Call for Vote H.R. 2799 & 3339 Rep. Green

Call for Vote H.R. 2799 & 3339 Chairman Brady

Call for Vote H.R. 2799 & 3339 Rep. Levin

Thank You H.R. S. 1465 Rep. Kirk

Thank You S. 2214 Senator Gillibrand

Thank You S. 2214 Senator Warren

Thank You H.R. 4029 Rep. Joyce

Thank You S. 2147 Senator Portman

Thank You S. 968 Senator Gillibrand

Thank You H.R. 842 Rep Kinsinger

Thank You H.R. 2102 Rep. Davis

Thank You S. 1131 Senator Franken

Thank You H.R. 4642 Rep. McNerney

Thank You H.R. 4642 Rep. Collins

Thank You H.R. 771 and 1686 Rep. DeGette

Thank You H. R. 1726 Rep. Whitfield

Thank You S. 1345 Senator Shaheen

Thank You H.R. 3779 Rep. Valadao

Thank You H.R. 4207 Rep. Schakowsky

Support For S. 648 Senator Grassley

2015

SEPTEMBER THRU DECEMBER

Subcommittee H.R.2844 Repl Polis

Subcommittee H.R.2844 Repl Roe

Committee S.1631 Senator Hatch

Committee S.1631 Senator Wyden

Thank You H.R.3513 Rep Cummings

Thank You H.R.3696 Rep Titus

Thank You S.539 Sen Cardin

Thank You S.1190 Sen Capito

Thank You S.1790 Sen Vitter

Thank You S.2023 Sen Sanders

Thank You S.2148 Sen Wyden

Thank You S.2019 Sen Grassley

Thank You S.2019 Sen Klobuchar

Committee H.R.3261 Rep Brady

Committee H.R.3261 Rep Green

Committee H.R.3261 Rep McDermott

Committee H.R.3261 Rep Pitts

Committee S.1884 Sen Hatch

Committee S.1884 Sen Wyden

Congrats to Speaker Ryan

Rx Pricing Hearing Rep Chaffetz

Rx Pricing Hearing Sen Collins

Rx Pricing Hearing Sen McCaskill

Thank You H.R.3261 Rep Schakowsky

Thank You S.1884 Sen Durbin

Tom Reeder PBGC

Rx Pricing Hearing Rep Cummings

AUGUST

Committee H.R.2704 Rep Pallone

Committee H.R.2704 Rep Upton

Committee H.R.2704 Rep Levin

Committee H.R.2704 Rep Ryan

Committee H.R.3243 Rep Frank Pallone

Committee H.R.3243 Rep Fred Upton

Committee H.R.3243 Rep Levin

Committee H.R.3243 Rep Ryan

Committee S.192 Rep Kline

Committee S.192 Rep Scott

Committee S.1362 Orrin Hatch

Committee S.1362 Ron Wyden

Thank You H.R.2878 Rep Jenkins

Thank You H.R.672 Rep Young

Thank You H.R.3243 Rep Blumenauer

Thank You H.R.3243 Rep. Smith

JULY

Thank You S. 1461 Sen. Thune

Thank You S.607 Sen. Grassley

JUNE

Committee H.R.1559 Fred Upton

Committee H.R.2228 Fred Upton

Committee H.R.2229 Frank Pallone

Committee S.122 Senator Alexander

Committee S.122 Senator Murray

Committee S.857 Senator Wyden

Committee S.857 Senator Hatch

Thank You H.R.793 Rep. Griffith

Thank You H.R.1343 Rep. Engel

Thank You H.R.1343 Rep. Renacci

Thank You H.R.1427 Rep. Reed

Bill for Retirees S.314 Senator Hatch

Bill for Retirees S.314 Senator Wyden

Bills for Retirees Rep.Pallone

Bills for Retirees Rep. Upton

Bills for Retirees Rep. McDermott

Bills for Retirees Rep. Brady

Bills for Retirees Senator Levin

Bills for Retirees Senator Hatch

Bills for Retirees Senator Wyden

Thank You H.R.1516 Rep. Sensenbrenner

Thank You H.R.1608 Rep. Blumenauer

Thank You H.R.1608 Rep. Lance</p>

Thank You H.R.1608 Rep. Reichert

Thank You H.R.1608 Rep. Schakowsky

Thank You S.688 Senator Manchin

Thank You S.688 Senator Portman

Thank You S.804 Senator Collins

Thank You S.1013 Senator Cochran

Thank You H.R.1453 Rep. Nunes

Thank You H.R.1516 Rep. Crowley

MAY

Committee H.R. 1342 - Frank Pallone

Committee H.R. 1342 - Fred Upton

Committee H.R. 1342 - Paul Ryan

Committee H.R. 1559 - Frank Pallone

Committee H.R. 1559 - Paul Ryan

Committee H.R. 1559 - Sander Levin

Committee S. 275 - Orrin Hatch

Committee S. 275 - Ron Wyden

Committee S. 578 - Orrin Hatch

Committee S. 578 - Ron Wyden

To Eliot Engel Thank You H.R.605

Committee H.R. 605 - Frank Pallone

Committee H.R. 605 - Fred Upton

Committee H.R. 605 - Paul Ryan

Committee H.R. 605 - Sander Levin

To Johnny Isakson Thank You H.R.605

To Cathy McMorris Rodgers Thank You H.R.628

To Greg Walden Thank You H.R.1342

To Chellie Pingree Thank You S.2228

To Dana Rohrabacher Thank You S.2228

To Chris Smith Thank You H.R.1559

To Amy Klobuchar Thank You S.122

To John McCain Thank You S.122

To Debbie Stabenow Thank You S.857

To David Vitter Thank You S.984

To Charles Schumer Thank You S.578

To Susan Collins Thank You S.578

APRIL

To President Obama SGR Repeal

To Rep. Pelosi SGR Repeal

To Senator Alexander SGR Repeal

To Senator McConnell SGR Repeal

To Senator Murray SGR Repeal

To Senator Reid SGR Repeal

To Speaker Boehner SGR Repeal

MARCH

To Adrian Smith H.R. 169 & S.258 Critical Access

To Larson H.R.284 Medicare DMEPOS

To Tiberi H.R.284 Medicare DMEPOS

To Renacci H.R.290 Medicare 3-Day Rule

To Doggett H.R.380 Medicare ID Theft

To Johnson H.R.380 Medicare ID Theft

To Guthrie H.R.592

To Boustany LA03 H.R.775

To Brady H. R. 1021 Medicare Integrity

To McDermott H. R. 1021 Medicare Integrity

To Carney H.R. 818

To Roskam H.R. 818

To Roberts S.258 Critical Access

To Grassley S.314

To Cardin S. 539

To Collins S. 539

To Cardin S.148 Medicare DMEPOS

To Portman Ltr S.148 Medicare DMEPOS

To Levin GAO Report

2014

To Sen Nelson Observation Status Hearing

To Secretary HHS Section 708

To Rep Welch Thank You

To Rep Doggett H.R. 5232 Patient Notice

To Ellison Reintroduce Rx Importation

To McCain Reintroduce Rx Canada

To Klobuchar Reintroduce Rx Canada

To Welch Reintroduce Diabetic Testing Supply Access

To Thune Reintroduce Diabetic Testing Supply Access Act

To President Retirees Under The Bus

To Levin Medicare 3-Day Inpatient Rule

To Camp Medicare 3-Day Inpatient Rule

To Wyden Diabetic Testing Supply Access

To Brady Diabetic Testing Supply Access

To House Members Diabetic Testing Supply Access

2013

NRLN Letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent a letter to Sylvia Mathews Burell, Secretary of Health and Human Services appealing to her to exercise the HHS oversight of the FDA to prevent the agency from seizing and destroying prescription drugs purchased from other countries as stated in Section 708 of the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.

It is the NRLN’s contention that the FDA should be directing its resources to set prescription drug safety standards that drug manufactures in foreign countries must meet in order for those less expensive medicines to be imported into the United States rather than confiscating and destroying drugs at our borders.

Click here to read the letter.


NRLN President’s Letter to President Obama

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent a letter to President Barack Obama saying he should be critical of the House passing funding for the Highway Trust Fund because $6.4 billion of the bill’s $10.9 billion is raised by further extending to corporations relief from funding their defined benefit pension plans. The letter points out that it is the second time in two years that Congress is moving toward giving corporate pension plan sponsors pension funding relief.

Mr. Kadereit stated, “Your administration, along with the House and Senate, is trying to destroy what little is left of retirement income security. Over the years, the Social Security Trust Fund has been raided to pay other government expenses to the point that the ability to pay Social Security benefits in the future is at risk. Many corporations have terminated their pension plans through bankruptcies and de-risking actions. Now our government is placing many of the remaining pension plans in jeopardy by providing the plan sponsors additional funding relief.” Click here to read the entire letter.


2011

NRLN President Thanks Senators for Rx Bills Beneficial to Retirees

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent letters to three U.S. Senators to thank them for their sponsorship of three bills on prescription drug issues that the NRLN has been advocating.

Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) is the sponsor of S. 27, the Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act, a bill to enhance competition in America's pharmaceutical market by stopping anticompetitive agreements between brand name and generic drug manufactures.

Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) is the sponsor of S. 44, , the Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2011, a bill that would direct the HHS Secretary to negotiate with drug firms the prices that may be charged to Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans.

Senator Snowe (R-ME) is the sponsor of S. 319, the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2011, a bill to allow U.S.-licensed pharmacies and drug wholesalers to import and sell FDA-approved medications from countries with tough safety standards.

Click here to read the letters to Sen. Klobuchar, Sen. Kohl, and Sen. Snowe.


To: Senator Snowe Commending Her for Sponsoring S. 319 – May 1, 2011

To: Senator Klobuchar about Getting S. 44 Passed by the Senate Finance Committee – May 1, 2011

To: Chairman Herb Kohl about Getting S. 27 Passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee – May 1, 2011

To: Department of Health and Human Services on Unreasonable Increases in Premiums for Health Insurance – Feb. 23, 2011

To: Employee Benefits Security Administration Requesting Opportunity to Testify at Fiduciary Definition Hearing – Feb. 8, 2011

To: Senator Herb Kohl Thanking Him for Sponsoring S. 27, the Preserve Assess to Affordable Generics – Feb. 2, 2011

To: Employee Benefits Security Administration with Comments on Fiduciary – Feb. 1, 2011


2010

To: Senator Max Baucus on Social Security and Medicare – Jan. 25, 2010

To: Senator Max Baucus on Pension Funding Relief – Feb. 14, 2010

To: Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Pension Funding Relief – Feb. 26, 2010

To: Ways & Means Chairman Sander Levin on Pension Funding Relief – March 5, 2010

To: Senator Scott Brown on Pension Asset Protection – March 7, 2010

To: Ways & Means Chairman Sander Levin on Pension Asset Protection – March 12, 2010

To: Senator Charles Schumer on Pension Asset Protection – March 15, 2010

To: Rep. Robert Aderholt on H.R. 3936 to Protect Pensions – March 24, 2010

To: Ways & Means Chairman Sander Levin and Education & Labor Chairman George Miller on Pension Asset Protection – May 20, 2010

To: Ways & Means Chairman Sander Levin to Thank Him for Meeting – June 6, 2010

To: Ways & Means Chairman Sander Levin Thanking Him for Meeting with Michigan NRLN Members – Sept. 22, 2010

To: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Thanking Him for Staff Member’s Meeting with NRLN Retiree Association Leaders – Sept. 22, 2010

To: PBGC Director Joshua Gotbaum Thanking Him for Meeting with NRLN Retiree Association Leaders – Sept. 22, 2010

To: Education & Labor Chairman George Miller on Carving Some Retirees Out of Health Care Act Benefits – Sept. 28, 2010

To: HHS Secretary Katherine Sebelius on Carving Some Retirees Out of Health Care Act Benefits – Oct. 4, 2010

To: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Requesting Continuation of Health Coverage Tax Credit – Dec. 16, 2010


2009

NRLN Calls For Rectifying Carve Out Of Retirees

The NRLN has researched statues and regulations, been on Capitol Hill with staff members from the House and Senate and has learned that seven provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will not apply to company-sponsored retiree-only health care plans unless the company voluntarily elects to provide the excluded benefits. NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent a letter to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, requesting that the exclusions for many retirees be rectified. A copy of the letter was sent to President Obama and the heads of other federal agencies who had a role in the rulemaking for the health care reform law. Read the letter to Sebelius here.


NRLN Letter Endorses Pension Bill
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has written a letter to Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett endorsing his proposed "Retirement Fairness Act of 2009." If passed, the bill would be a positive step toward accomplishing one of the NRLN's Legislative Agenda objectives for pension plan protections. Read more...


NRLN Letter Endorses Pension Bill
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has written a letter to Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett endorsing his proposed "Retirement Fairness Act of 2009." If passed, the bill would be a positive step toward accomplishing one of the NRLN's Legislative Agenda objectives for pension plan protections. Read more...


Thank You To Montana Senator Max Baucus

Montana U.S. Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, spoke out last week in defense of Social Security and Medicare, saying that it should not become part of the proposed fast-track commission that circumvents the regular legislative process. NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent a letter on behalf of the NRLN to thank Senator Baucus for urging protection of Social Security and Medicare. Read the letter...

NRLN President Urges Senators To Protect Retirees On Medicare Advantage Plans
NRLN President Bill Kadereit sent letters on Nov. 12, 2009 to members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee and Senate Finance Committee stating that it is imperative that retirees currently on Medicare Advantage plans not be harmed by health care reform legislation. The letters urged the Senators to include in their health care reform bill a provision which would at least offer a 5-year window within which Medicare Advantage consumers would be allowed to buy Medigap coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions or lapses in the time frame for choosing Medigap. Kadereit stated that seniors should not suffer as a result of sudden Medicare Advantage subsidy withdrawals by Congress. Read more...


Delphi Salaried Retirees Supported In NRLN's Letter To President Obama
In a letter to President Obama in support of Delphi salaried retirees, NRLN President Bill Kadereit asked "Mr. President, what has happened to your campaign promise and the commitment that was once stated on the White House website that you would put workers (and I hope retirees) 'higher on the list of debts that companies cannot shed' in bankruptcy cases?" Read more...


Letters to Congressional Leaders Urge Changes in House Health Care Bill
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent letters to U.S. House leaders and the Chairmen and key members of the House Education and Labor Committee, Ways and Means Committee, and Energy and Commerce Committee. The letters noted that the NRLN is pleased to see that Sections 164 and 165 were both included in the Manager's Amendments to H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. Kadereit stated it is encouraging that most of the language in the two sections reflects a recognition that employers should have an incentive to provide retirement health care benefits, and that the promised health care benefits of current retirees should have ERISA protection. The leaders were urged to make it priority to retain both of these sections in the new combined TriCommittees' bill that the House is expected to vote on in September. However, the NRLN strongly believes both Sections require some fine tuning in order to provide the desired protection for retirement health care benefits. Read more...


NRLN Advocates Revisions to House Healthcare Bill Amendments
The NRLN is advocating changes to Sections 164 and 165 of H.R. 3200, America's Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009. While these Sections reflect aspects of the NRLN's Maintenance-of-Cost (MCP) proposal some of the language must be changed to provide stronger protection for retirees' healthcare benefits. Read more...


NRLN Asks Congressional Leaders for Prescription Drug Industry Competition
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed a letter to Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, pointing out that Americans could be provided with immediate health care savings if Congress would pass legislative to bring global competition to the U.S. prescription drug industry. Letters on this issue were also faxed to Senator Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, Chairs of the House and Senate Committees working on health care reform legislation, and leaders of the "Blue Dog" Democrat Coalition. The NRLN is passionate about this issue because too many retirees have to decide between spending much of their fixed income for medicines, buying food, or paying the mortgage or rent. Read more...


Congressional Committee Chairmen Urged To Support Prescription Drug Reimportation

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent letters to the Chairmen of four U.S. House and Senate Committees urging them to include the reimportation of prescription drugs in health care reform legislation.

Kadereit pointed out that the pharmaceutical industry has made the $80 billion in promised health care savings sound like it is a sufficiently good deal for Americans that no other legislative initiatives are necessary. However, even if that $80 billion in voluntary savings could be enforced, it represents less than 3 percent of the projected dollars that Americans will spend on drugs during the next 10 years.

Permitting the reimportation of prescription drugs from designated countries would save far more for both the federal budget and American consumers, especially retirees. The letters were sent to Senators Max Baucus and Edward Kennedy and Representatives George Miller and Charles Rangel. Read more...


NRLN's Letter Sent To President Obama on Prescription Drugs
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed a letter to President Obama on the issue of prescription drugs. Also, letters on this issue were faxed to Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief-of-Staff; Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Senator Byron Dorgan and Senator Olympia Snowe, who introduced the "Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act", and Representative Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who is one of the architects of the health care reform legislation being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives. Click here to read the letter to President Obama.


NRLN President Urges Hearings on Retirees' Vanishing Health Care Benefits

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent letters to 10 leaders of U.S. Senate and House committees and subcommittees that have jurisdiction on health care legislation. The letters asked the Chairs and Ranking Members to "immediately schedule a committee hearing to examine the rapidly vanishing retiree health care benefits." Click here to read the letter to Representative Henry Waxman.


NRLN's Letter Sent To President Obama on Prescription Drugs
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed a letter to President Obama on the issue of prescription drugs. Also, letters on this issue were faxed to Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief-of-Staff; Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services; Senator Byron Dorgan and Senator Olympia Snowe, who introduced the "Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act", and Representative Henry Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, who is one of the architects of the health care reform legislation being drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives. Click here to read the letter to President Obama.


NRLN Letter Calls For Legislation To Better Protect Retirees In Bankruptcy Court

NRLN President Bill Kadereit faxed a letter on Feb. 16, 2009 to Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling for legislation to better protect retirees--such as Delphi Salaried Retirees--in bankruptcy court. A letter also was faxed to Senator Arlen Specter, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and to all 10 members of the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. Click here to read the NRLN's letter to Senator Leahy. Read more...

NRLN Letter Calls President Obama's Attention To Plight Of Auto Industry's Salaried Retirees
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed a letter to President Obama asking how his Administration justifies making a quarter of a million salaried retirees the "throwaways" of America's automotive industry? The letter pointed out the benefits that have been eliminated, or severely reduced, for Chrysler, Delphi and General Motors salaried retirees and asked restoration of benefits as part of the restructuring of the automotive companies. A copy of the letter was also faxed to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, Larry Summers, National Economic Council Director, and Steven Rattner, the lead adviser on the Automotive Task Force. Click here to read the letter.


NRLN Is Signee On Letter About Importance Of Independent Investment Advisers
NRLN President Bill Kadereit is a signee on a group letter to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions about the importance of an independent investment adviser for participants in self-directed, defined contribution pension plans. Read more...


NRLN Urges 'Do No Harm' On Retirees' Health Care
President Barack Obama and certain leaders in Congress believe that revamping the U.S. health care system should be a priority for this session of the 111th Congress. NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed letters to Senator Edward Kennedy and seven other Senators and Representatives cautioning them on their deliberations on health care reform. The NRLN's position that is that health care reform legislation should not to harm retirees' health care benefits and Medicare.Read more...


NRLN Supports Bill To Stop Delays Of Generic Drugs

From the time that the NRLN was founded in 2002, the NRLN has advocated in its Legislative Agenda there should be legislation that bans brand-name drug manufacturers from paying generic drug manufacturers to keep their generic brands off the market.
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) have introduced The Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act (S. 369). Click here to read NRLN President Bill Kadereit's email to NRLN Grassroots Network members on this issue and his letter to Senator Kohl.


NRLN Points Out Harm Being Done To Retirees

The EEOC rule that allowed employers to reduce or eliminate health care benefits once retirees turn age 65 and become Medicare-eligible continues to harm retirees. The EEOC's stated reason for creating the rule was that by allowing employers to treat older retirees less favorably, employers would have the incentive to continue to offer health care benefits for younger retirees and active employees. However, nowhere in the EEOC rule or elsewhere is it written that those under age 65 have any assurances this will happen.

 General Motors, has crossed the line and is impacting pre-65 retirees. Effective January 1, 2010, GM will cut company-provided health care coverage to retired salaried workers who are younger than 65 and eligible for Medicare.
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed a letter on this issue to Rep. George Miller, Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. Similar letters are directed to Rep. Buck McKeon, the Ranking Republican Member of the Committee on Education and Labor; Rep. Barney Frank, Chairman of the U.S. House Financial Services Committee, and to Rep. Spencer Bachus, the Ranking Republican Member on the Financial Services Committee. Read more...


NRLN Letter Calls For Legislation To Better Protect Retirees In Bankruptcy Court
NRLN President Bill Kadereit faxed a letter on Feb. 16, 2009 to Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, calling for legislation to better protect retirees--such as Delphi Salaried Retirees--in bankruptcy court. A letter also was faxed to Senator Arlen Specter, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and to all 10 members of the Senate Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts. Click here to read the NRLN's letter to Senator Leahy. Read more...


NRLN Supports Bill To Stop Delays Of Generic Drugs
From the time that the NRLN was founded in 2002, the NRLN has advocated in its Legislative Agenda there should be legislation that bans brand-name drug manufacturers from paying generic drug manufacturers to keep their generic brands off the market.
Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Senator Charles "Chuck" Grassley (R-IA) have introduced The Preserve Access to Affordable Generics Act (S. 369). Click here to read NRLN President Bill Kadereit's email to NRLN Grassroots Network members on this issue and his letter to Senator Kohl.


NRLN President's Email To Grassroots Members About President Obama's Initiatives On Prescription Drugs
Apparently our new President "gets" what the NRLN has been advocating since its founding. According to the White House website at www.whitehouse.gov , President Obama also supports allowing seniors to import safe prescription drugs from overseas, and will prevent pharmaceutical companies from blocking cheap and safe generic drugs from the market. Also, President Obama supports allowing the federal government to negotiate for lower drug prices for the Medicare program, just as it does to lower prices for veterans. Read more...


NRLN Asks President Obama Save Benefits For Delphi Salaried Retirees
The NRLN has requested that President Obama instruct his Administration to intervene to prevent Delphi from gaining approval in bankruptcy court to cancel all salaried retirees’ health care and life insurance benefits for approximately 15,000 Delphi salaried retirees and their spouses.
NRLN President Bill Kadereit pointed out in his letter that President Obama has the opportunity to give true meaning to his statement that corporate bankruptcy laws should be reformed to protect workers and retirees. Click here to read the letter.


NRLN President Sends Letters To Senators On Economic Stimulus Bill
NRLN Executive Director Marta Bascom received a suggestion from a Capitol Hill contact that it might be beneficial to retirees for NRLN President Bill Kadereit to fax letters to Senator Mitch McConnell, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Arlen Specter to emphasize the importance of the $300 payment to Social Security recipients and the alternative minimum tax patch for 2009 in the Senate Finance Committee's economic stimulus bill that will soon be voted on by the entire Senate. Click here to read the copy of the letter faxed to Senator McConnell, Senate Minority Leader. Read more...


2008

NRLN Letter Urges Senate Committee To Help Auto Industry Retirees
The U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee conducted a hearing on Dec. 4, 2008 on the Big Three American Automotive Companies' requests for public funded loans to help them through their financial crisis. NRLN President Bill Kadereit faxed a letter prior to the hearing to Christopher J. Dodd, Committee Chairman, requesting that the restoration of health care benefits for auto industry salaried retirees be included in any Congressional deal for financial assistance to the automakers. A similar personalized letter was also faxed to the other 20 members of the Senate Committee. Click here to read the NRLN's letter.


NRLN Letter To Treasury Secretary Asks For Break On Required Minimum Distributions
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson asking that the Treasury Department change, or at least institute a hiatus, on the "Required Minimum Distribution" (RMD) rules regarding Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), 401(k)s and related savings vehicles. Given the fact that value of such accounts have fallen dramatically with stocks down more than a third this year, millions of Americans age 70½ and older will suffer a financial catastrophe if they are forced to make withdrawals by December 31st. Read more...


NRLN And Auto Industry Retirees Leaders Co-Sign Letters Asking Members Of Congress For Support
NRLN President Bill Kadereit and Chrysler, Ford and GM retiree association leaders have jointly signed a letter to targeted members of Congress asking them to support the restoration of health care benefits for auto industry retirees should the U.S. Government allow the Big 3 automakers to tap into the $700 billion economic bailout fund. Click here to read the letter faxed to Michigan Senator Carl Levin.


NRLN President Tells Congressional Leaders About Qwest's Threats Toward Retirees' Life Insurance

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed letters to Congressional leaders to tell them about Qwest Communications' threats directed toward U S WEST / Qwest retirees' life insurance benefits that were filed in a legal brief. Mr. Kadereit cited the threats as another example of why Congress needs to pass legislation to protect retirement benefits. Click on the headline above to read the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Similar letters have gone to Senate Leader Harry Reid plus the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Committees that handle retirement legislation. Read more...


NRLN Goes To Bat For General Motors Retirees

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed letters to Congressional Leaders calling attention to the General Motors announcement that it would cancel its healthcare plan for Medicare-eligible retirees on January 1, 2008. The letters to Democrat and Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and Chairs and Ranking Members of the Committees that deal with retiree issues asks for legislation to overturn the EEOC Rule. The Rule allows employers to reduce or eliminate healthcare plans for retirees age 65 and older. Read more...


NRLN President Tells Congressional Leaders About Qwest's Threats Toward Retirees' Life Insurance

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has faxed letters to Congressional leaders to tell them about Qwest Communications' threats directed toward U S WEST / Qwest retirees' life insurance benefits that were filed in a legal brief. Mr. Kadereit cited the threats as another example of why Congress needs to pass legislation to protect retirement benefits. Click on the headline above to read the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Similar letters have gone to Senate Leader Harry Reid plus the Chairs and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Committees that handle retirement legislation. Read more...


NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent letters to a dozen of Congress' top leaders asking what leadership they intend to provide to uphold the laws that were written to help workers and retirees, not harm them as the Treasury's and EEOC's rules are going to do. 2/12/08
Click above to read the letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Similar letters where sent to Senators McConnell, Baucus, Grassley, Kennedy and Enzi and Representatives Pelosi, Boehner, Miller, McKeon, Rangel and McCrery.


2007

Grassroots Advocates Made Their Voices Heard On Rebates
The NRLN Grassroots Advocates who sent letters to Washington, D.C. about the economic stimulus legislation should take pride in the fact that the U.S. Senate and House on Thursday passed legislation that will include rebates for lower-income retirees on Social Security. News reports have stated that President Bush is expected to sign the legislation...


Jim Norby Sends Letters To Leaders of Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions plus House Committee on Education and Buyouts 10/17/07


Jim Norby Calls On Congressional Committees To Use Oversight Authority With FDA To Protect Legacy Drugs9/27/07 


NRLN President Commends AARP On Its Appeal Of EEOC Rule To U.S. Supreme Court 8/27/07


Jim Norby's Letter of Comment Urges Treasury/IRS to Prevent Corporations from Raiding Pension Assets 7/19/07


Jim Norby Urges 8 Key U.S. Senators To Vote For Amendment To Allow Reimportation Of Safe Prescription Drugs5/2/07


Jim Norby Asks U.S. Senate Committee On Finance To Support Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiations Act 4/11/07


Jim Norby Commends Senator Byron Dorgan for championing


Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act of 2007 3/9/07


Jim Norby Asks Senators Carper, Klobuchar, McCaskill, Webb And Whitehouse To Co-sponsor Drug Importation Bill 3/9/07 


Jim Norby Praises AARP's Challenge Of EEOC's Rule Allowing Employers To Cut Benefits For Older Americans 3/1/07


 2006

NRLN President Jim Norby Urges Members of Congress to Protect US West Retirees' Pension and Benefits 10/26/06


NRLN President Supports LRO's Plea To Secretary of Labor To Protect Pensions And Benefits 7/31/06


NRLN Forms Coalition And Sends Letters To All Pension Reform Conference Committee Members 7/7/06


Jim Norby's Letter to House and Senate Pension Reform Conference Committee Members 5/19/06 


Jim Norby's Letter To Pension Reform Conference Committee Members 3/24/06


Joint letter from NRLN, CWA and IBEW Unions supporting protection of pensions and actuary's defense of provision to safeguard pensions 2/1/06


Jim Norby's Letter To President Bush Calls For Continued Support On Pension Reforms 3/15/06 

2005

Jim Norby Tells SEC That NRLN Opposes Internet Proxy Material Proposal 2/10/06


Jim Norby's Letter To President Bush On Need For Pension Reform And Health Care Legislation  12/12/05


Jim Norby Sends Letters To U.S. House Leaders Expressing Disappointment About Postponing Vote On Pension Reform Bill12/6/05


President Jim Norby writes to Senator Bill Frist, Majority Leader urging him to schedule a Senate floor vote on pension reform bill S.1783.  Norby also sent letters to 23 other Senators on this issue


Jim Norby writes to Senator Grassley


President Jim Norby writes to Senator Bill Frist, Majority Leader urging him to schedule a Senate floor vote on pension reform bill S.1783.  Norby also sent letters to 


23 other Senators on this issue 10/24/05


Jim Norby writes to Senator Frist 7/30/05


Jim Norby writes to Senator Enzi 8/11/05


Jim Norby writes to Senate Finance Committee 7/30/05


2004

Jim Norby's Follow-up Letter to Congress 3/11/2004


Jim Norby Letter to Congress  February 17, 2004


President Norby assails Labor Secretary for saying DOL, "no longer represents retirees" 12/3/04


Jim Norby tells Presidential Candidates and  Congress its time to fix the broken pension system


Jim Norby writes letter to Senator Dorgan in support of S. 2328, a bill to make prescription medicine available from Canada and Europe.


Jim Norby writes to Elaine Chao requesting help with tightening oversight of pension funding.  


NRLN requests Senator Bill Frist to include preservation of retiree healthcare benefits into Republican platform.


NRLN asks John Kerry to sign pledge to support retiree healthcare and pension issues.


NRLN appeals to Elaine Chao Secretary of the Department of Labor to review ERIC'S and Corporate Co-Signer's February 14th letter to John Snow Secretary of the Treasury as evidence of a breach of their fiduciary responsibility to their employees and pensioners.


President Norby calls on Presidential Candidates and Congress to fix broken Pension System before its too late.


NRLN Joins Ad Hoc Coalition To restore Retirement Security


President Norby writes letter to all Congressmen and women and all US Senators


Re: ABC and New York Times reports on Corporate reneging on healthcare promises to retirees.


NRLN 1st Quarter 2008 Report To Members

During the 1st Quarter of 2008, NRLN leaders and staff directed a great deal of their efforts toward calling Congress' attention to the harm that will be done to many retirees by the rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Treasury Department and requesting that the rules be overturned through legislation. In addition, the NRLN's Grassroots campaign was successful in helping convince Congress to include low-income retirees on Social Security for economic stimulus rebates. Click here to read the NRLN's 1st Quarter 2008 Report.


3rd Quarter Legislative Progress Report

During the 3rd quarter of 2007, the NRLN and its Grassroots Advocates have been engaged in supporting legislation on the Children's Health And Medicare Protection Act and the Pharmaceutical Market Access and Drug Safety Act. The NRLN's views were also voiced in Washington, DC through letters from NRLN President Jim Norby to Treasury/IRS and to the Chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. NRLN news releases were distributed on Medicare and legacy drug issues. Click here to read the 3rd Quarter Legislative Progress Report.


2nd Quarter 2007 Legislative Progess Report

During the 2nd Quarter of 2007, the NRLN's Washington staff with support from the NRLN's Grassroots Network have urged members of Congress and their staffs to enact legislation that will provide Americans with safe and lower priced prescription drugs and to bring safe and cheaper generic drugs to the market more quickly. Efforts were also directed toward preventing corporations from raiding the assets of pension plans. Click here to read Bill Kadereit's report on legislative activities.


Update on NRLN Legislative Issues

TO: NRLN Grassroots Network - February 12, 2006
FROM: Bill Kadereit, NRLN Vice President - Legislative Affairs

The purpose for this email is to bring you up to date on NRLN legislative issues and to alert you to the support we will need from you in the coming weeks. This will be another important year for us to work on passing federal legislation on pension law reforms, preservation and funding of retiree health care and more affordable prescription drugs.

MISCELLANEOUS ARCHIVES


NRLN 2016 Survey Results

Between May 2 and June 5, 2016, there were 6,737 NRLN grassroots advocates who participated in all or parts of the 2016 NRLN Future Directions Survey. The data in the survey will help the NRLN and its retiree associations and chapters gain a better understanding of what is important to retirees and future retirees plus indicating whether the right priorities are set. The responses to questions where personal comments were given or personal contact information was provided are not included. Click here to view survey results.


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2014 Top Initiatives


NRLN Perspective on PBGC Premium Increase

NRLN Bill Kadereit presents the NRLN perspective 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.

Click here to read the NRLN President’s message.


NRLN President Expresses Concerns to Rep. Paul Ryan

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent a letter to U.S. Representative Paul Ryan expressing the NRLN’s grave concerns over some of his statements in the October 8, 2013 Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal. Kadereit said it is the NRLN’s conclusion that Rep. Ryan would like to reduce the national debt on the backs of America’s retirees through “structural reforms to entitlement programs”. We suspect that your real meaning is that you want to reduce benefits, if not for current retirees on Social Security and Medicare, then for future participants in the programs.

Referring to Social Security and Medicare as “entitlement programs” is offensive to retirees who worked for decades and paid payroll taxes into these programs along with contributions from their employers. Social Security and Medicare are generational compacts. Today’s retirees helped to pay for their parents. Our children, as workers, help pay for us just as their children will for them, if necessary. Click here to read the entire letter.


Congress Must Not Use Retirees as Pawns in Budget Scheme

A reported effort in Congress to finance a face-saving change to Obamacare by weakening pension funding standards threatens to lead Americans of all ages down a dangerous path. Behind closed doors, a handful of members from both parties are reportedly discussing schemes to reduce pension funding requirements to raise money to offset the repeal of the medical device excise tax.

Any attempt to further reduce the requirements that companies pre-fund their pension promises jeopardizes the stability of pension plan assets. Proposals under discussion might raise short-term federal revenues, but would do so by encouraging companies to dangerously under-fund their defined-benefit pension plans. Click here to read the NRLN’s entire statement.


Video Messages from NRLN’s July 10, 2013 Washington, D.C. Meeting

When NRLN, Retiree Association and Chapter leaders were in Washington, D.C. on July 10, 2013 to advocate protections for retirees in pension plan de-risking and the need for more transparent disclosures in pension plan Annual Funding Notices, the attendees recorded video messages.

Click here to view 13 brief videos by retiree leaders. They provide their comments on why they believe it is important to take NRLN proposals in support of retirement security to federal lawmakers and agencies.

Click here to see all the videos on Youtube


Letter Reacting to Detroit Bankruptcy

Presidents of the NRLN, Chrysler Retirement Organization, Detroit Alliance of Retirees and General Motors Retirees Organization have co-signed a letter to members of the Michigan Congressional delegation stating that the news about the Detroit bankruptcy placing the pensions and benefits of retirees in jeopardy is another reason why Congress needs to pass legislation to protect retirees in the bankruptcy process.

The letter notes that the NRLN has produced a whitepaper, Protecting Retiree Benefits in Bankruptcy, presenting proposals that should be enacted into law. Click here to read the letter.


NRLN Chapters in Western USA

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has emailed a message to NRLN grassroots members informing them about NRLN regions and chapters in the western USA. Click here to read the message.


NRLN 2013 Future Directions Survey Results

There were 9,402 individuals who answered at least one or more questions of the NRLN 2013 Future Directions Survey. The data from the survey is posted for your review except for demographics on retiree association and chapter affiliation and the responses to questions where personal comments were given or personal contact information was provided. Click here to see the survey results.


Senator Tom Harkins Proposal on Retirement Crisis

Click here to read Iowa Senator Tom Harkins' proposal on addressing America’s retirement crisis. It is too early for the NRLN to give full support until it is further developed. However, the NRLN welcomes feedback on the broad issues the proposal addresses.


NRLN's Washington, D.C. Conference Set for February 2013

The National Retiree Legislative Network's 2013 Leadership Conference will be held during the first week of February at the Liaison Hotel, 415 New Jersey Avenue N.W. in Washington, D.C.

The NRLN’s conference will begin on Monday afternoon, February 4, with presentations on NRLN issues. On Tuesday, February 5, the conference will continue during the morning and in the afternoon participants will communicate to the new Congress the NRLN's retirement income security and health care cost reduction legislative agenda plus the need to protect Social Security and Medicare. On Wednesday, February 6, lobbying on Capitol Hill will continue all day and some attendees will elect to stay over to meet scheduled appointments on Thursday, February 7.

Presidents of retiree associations affiliated with the NRLN have been asked to solicit as many of their Grassroots State and Congressional District leaders as possible to attend the conference. Any Individual Member of the NRLN is welcome to attend. The NRLN has provided a registration webpage at http://www.nrln.org/flyin.html for individuals who are planning to attend the conference.


Congressional Candidates Respond to NRLN's Survey

For the past three months, Bob Martina, NRLN Vice President – Grassroots Network; NRLN Regional Directors; NRLN State and Congressional District Grassroots Leaders; the NRLN Webmaster, and thousands of NRLN Grassroots Network members have worked to get Congressional candidates to respond to the NRLN survey on retirement income security and health care cost issues.

At this point, 133 Congressional candidates provided answers to the NRLN's eight questions. To learn whether candidates in your race for U.S. Representative and possibly U.S. Senate have responded, click here and click on the "Survey Responses" tab. Adobe Reader is required to view the responses and a link for a free download of the program is provided. Use the + icon to increase the size of the type on the responses.

The NRLN, as a non-partisan and non-profit organization, does not endorse Congressional candidates. However, our survey is an effort to get them to go on the record on some key issues important to retirees. This election year the NRLN did not attempt to gain responses from the presidential candidates because in previous presidential election years the candidates for the mainstream parties have not responded. I urge you to check to see if candidates in your Congressional race(s) completed the NRLN's questionnaire. The responses may help you with your decision on who will receive your vote.

The NRLN encourages you to vote on Election Day, November 6th, if you are not already an early voter, mail-in voter or absentee voter. Your vote is important.

NRLN Leadership Conference Highlights

Brainstorming about growing the NRLN's membership; motivating Grassroots Network members to write to and meet with their Representatives and Senators; describing the work of the NRLN's Regulatory Affairs Committee and the Legislative Committee; dialoging with policymakers and communicating with members of Congress, their staffs and federal agency officials were all part of the NRLN's 10th Annual Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Jan. 30 – Feb. 2.

Guest speakers at the conference included Phyllis Borzi, Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employment Benefits Security Administration, and Elizabeth Jurinka, Legislative Assistant for Oregon Senator Ron Wyden. Borzi's presentation and Q&A addressed her agency's role in overseeing approximately 707,000 private-sector retirement plans, 2.5 million health plans, and a similar number of other welfare benefit plans that provide benefits to 140 million Americans. Jurinka's presentation and Q&A was about the proposal for seniors' health care by Senator Wyden and Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. The legislators claim their plan would strengthen traditional Medicare and allow the private sector to compete with Medicare for health care insurance choices.

Leadership1 Marta Bascom (far right), NRLN Executive Director, makes a point to Michelle Varnhagen (center), Democratic Council to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, about the need to protect the pensions and benefits of American Airlines and Kodak retirees whose companies have filed bankruptcy. Board Members for AMRRC are on the left and EKRA on the right.

From the afternoon of Jan. 31 thru Feb. 2 Retiree Association leaders and Grassroots Members had meetings on Capitol Hill to communicate the NRLN's top legislative initiatives (see "Legislative Action" tab above). Leaders of EKRA – Kodak Retirees and American Airlines Retirees Committee had urgent messages to communicate about protecting their retirement security since Kodak and American Airlines have filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Their meetings were with officials of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over the PBGC, bankruptcy law and retirement pensions and benefits.

An in depth report on the Leadership Conference will be in the next issue of NRLN's FOCUS newsletter. Click here for more Leadership Conference photos.


Retirees Advocate NRLN's Top Initiatives on Capitol Hill

The NRLN's third annual Washington, DC Fly-In on September 19th – 20th, 2011 sent retiree association leaders to Capitol Hill to advocate the NRLN's top initiatives on vital retirement issues to Representatives, Senators and members of their staffs....Read more


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Bob Wincek and Bill Simmons, Wisconsin NRLN Grassroots Network Leaders, and NRLN President Bill Kadereit (closest on right) plus Michael Calabrese, NRLN Legislation Adviser (on left), talk with staff member for Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl.


NRLN Members Go to Washington, DC and Remind Lawmakers about Issues Important to Retirees

In the midst of the startup of the 112th Congress, a cadre of retirees from across the nation visited their U.S. Senators and Representatives and their staff members in Washington, DC on Jan. 19 and told them they must protect Social Security and Medicare and advocated other legislation for retirement security.

The visits to more than 50 lawmakers' offices on Capitol Hill were part of the annual leadership conference for the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN) Jan. 17 - 19, 2011 attended by 45 leaders and members representing a dozen retiree associations from 20 states. The first afternoon was devoted to the NRLN's Board of Directors meeting. The second day included NRLN presentations, a guest speaker from Capitol Hill and briefing sessions on the NRLN's 2011 Legislative Agenda. On the third day attendees met with lawmakers and their staffs to present the NRLN's legislative proposals. The initiatives included:
  1. Pension asset protection to prevent companies from using pension fund dollars for non-pension expenses.
  2. Corporate bankruptcy law reforms to gain fairer treatment of retirees in bankruptcy court proceedings.
  3. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation rule changes to benefit retirees whose pension plans are taken over by the PBGC, plus the protection of pensions in mergers and acquisitions.
  4. Initiatives to generate savings on prescription drugs.
  5. Advocate the NRLN's Maintenance of Cost Protection (MCP) proposal that would establish a fixed monthly payment to retirees equivalent to the value an employer provided prior to the reduction or cancellation of retirement benefits.
  6. Immediately address the access and affordability of health care coverage for retirees ages 55 to 64 by allowing them to buy into Medicare at a cost that does not burden the Medicare system.
  7. Congress should extend protection against catastrophic medical costs to the Medicare population by setting a reasonable maximum limit on out-of-pocket costs.
The conference included retirees from Aenta, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T/Ameritech/SBC, AT&T, Boeing, Chrysler, Delta Air Lines, Detroit Edison, Eastman Kodak, General Motors, Pacific Bell and Qwest Communications. Their states included Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.

A more detailed report on the conference and meetings on Capitol Hill will be in the February issue of the NRLN FOCUS Newsletter.

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Ralph Montileone, (left) General Motors Retiree Association member and state leader from Tennessee, meets with Mark White, Legislative Correspondent for Tennessee Senator Bob Corker.

 


View Results of NRLN 2010 Survey

Click here to view the results of the NRLN 2010 Future Directions Survey. The overall results of the survey are shown, except for the responses to questions where personal comments were given or personal contact information was provided. The survey results will serve as a resource to the NRLN it works on the 2011 legislative agenda and contemplates other decisions on how best to serve NRLN members.

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NRLN 2010 Legislative Agenda


NRLN Update on 2010 Priorities

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has emailed to NRLN Grassroots Network members an update on key 2010 legislative issues and requested their assistance in growing the number of members in the NRLN Grassroots Network database. Read more...

Pension Asset Protection – Retirees Must Prevail
The NRLN came very close to having its Pension Asset Protection (PAP) language retained in H.R.4213. Unfortunately, the House Ways and Means Committee's staff did not keep the PAP language in the bill and the U.S. House passed it on May 28th and sent to the Senate. On June 2, NRLN President Bill Kadereit and the Presidents of the GMRA, NCRO and DEAR plus five of their Board Members had a face-to-face meeting with Representative Sander Levin, Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee at his Roseville, MI office.

Chairman Levin was provided with an understanding of why the NRLN is passionate about legislation being necessary to prevent companies from using pension plan assets for non-pension expenses. Chairman Levin was told that the NRLN will continue to seek PAP whether that is through the introduction of a stand-alone bill or as a provision in a pension reform bill that the Obama Administration is considering. Read more...

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NRLN and Retiree Association leaders met with Rep. Sander Levin at his Roseville, MI office.  (from left) Chuck Austin, NCRO President; Ray Sturdy, DEAR; Bill Kadereit, NRLN President; Bob Foresta, DEAR, Rick Knoth, GMRA; Rep. Levin (wearing tie); Bob Tompkins, DEAR President; Deb Morrissett, NCRO; Chris Dyrda, NCRO; John Christie, GMRA President.


Attend NRLN Washington, DC Fly-In Set For September 13 - 14, 2010

NRLN President Bill Kadereit has invited NRLN Grassroots Network Members to participate in the NRLN's 2nd annual Washington, DC Fly-In September 13 - 14 for face-to-face meetings with members of Congress and their staffs.

NRLN Grassroots Network members are needed to meet with their U.S. Representative and Senators to ask them what they are going to do to protect retirees' pensions and Social Security. Lawmakers need to hear from constituents about how health care and prescription drug costs are eroding the retirement income of America's retirees. Retirees need to tell their elected representatives that they need to be treated more equitably in corporate bankruptcy courts, in payment calculations when the Pension Benefits Guaranty Corporation takes over a pension plan, and retirees need to be protected in company mergers and acquisitions.

If you think there is a fairly good chance that you would come to Washington, DC to communicate to your elected representatives the concerns of retirees, please go to www.nrln.org/flyin.html to register. Read more..


NRLN Urges Congressional Leaders To Provide Savings On Prescription Drugs

The NRLN has produced a whitepaper that points out to Congressional leaders the need to pass legislation to provide Americans--especially retirees--with savings on prescription drugs. The whitepaper tells Senate and House leaders that Congress has the opportunity to bring about true health care reform, significantly reduce health care costs, and to simultaneously enable a truly competitive marketplace for prescription drugs in the our country, by passing legislation that: 1) Enables re-importation and importation of prescription drugs. 2) Enables Medicare to develop formularies and take competitive bids for prescription drugs sold under the Medicare D plans. 3) Staff and fund the FDA to reduce the generic drug approval back log and demand that all manufacturers pay fees to support generic drug testing.Read more...


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NRLN Challenge in 2010 – Protect Social Security and Medicare

A message from NRLN President Bill Kadereit notes that after the dust settles on the national health care debate, we will be challenged to lobby harder than ever to protect Social Security and Medicare benefits. President Obama and some members of Congress have announced that 2010 will be the year when they form task forces and committees to address Medicare and Social Security. Read more...
The NRLN’s Role in Health Care Reform
Congress and the White House made it clear at every turn that health care reform was about making health care insurance available to those who did not have it, but not about retirees whose health care benefits were being eroded. Despite their declared position, the NRLN pursued changes that would protect and secure health care benefits for retirees. Read more...

NRLN President's Review of 2009

NRLN President Bill Kadereit shares his review of the National Retiree Legislative Network's 2009 actions on behalf of NRLN members.  The Review includes:
  • Health Care Reform Legislation
  • Pension Protection Legislation
  • needed Bankruptcy and PBGC reform
  • contacts with Representatives and Senators
  • NRLN Growth
  • NRLN Agency's new health care plan offerings
  • and the challenges ahead in 2010.
Read more...


The NRLN has added a webpage to identify NRLN Grassroots Network State and Congressional District Leaders and present reports on contacts that Grassroots Network members have had with members of Congress. The contacts with U.S. Senators and Representatives include face-to-face meetings, telephone calls or personal letters sent in support of NRLN retirees' issues. To access the webpage, click on the "Grassroots Network" tab at the top of the Home Page and select "Grassroots Organization and Contacts."


Report on NRLN Washington, DC Fly-In/Drive-In

Bill Kadereit, NRLN President provides a report on the NRLN's Washington, DC Fly-In/Drive-In held Sept. 15 and 16 and, for some individuals, Thursday, Sept 17.

Sixty-six NRLN Grassroots Network members participated in the event. The group was composed of retirees from 19 states and 10 retiree organizations. The event's primary primary objective was the communication of the NRLN's key legislative initiatives to their Representatives and Senators and/or staff members.

Click here to read Kadereit's report.
Click the links in the next to last paragraph of the report to access the NRLN documents that were in the folder left in Capitol Hill offices.


NRLN Bulletin – U.S. House TriCommittee's Bill Includes Proposals NRLN Advocated
After three years of the NRLN and its Grassroots Network members lobbying Congress on our Maintenance of Cost Payment (MCP) proposal to protect retiree benefits, we have learned that a U.S. House TriCommittee's health care reform bill released on Tuesday, July 14, contains elements of what we have been proposing.
The NRLN considers this an important accomplishment that the three House Committees that the NRLN has been lobbying have included three provisions that have been central to the health care initiatives in the NRLN's Legislative Agenda.

Click here to read the NRLN Bulletin on this subject.


NRLN Survey Closes With 8,059 Participants Providing Important Data

The NRLN 2009 Future Directions Survey has closed with 8,059 participants from nearly 100 retiree associations and former employers. This level of participation provides a broad, statistically valid perspective on retirement issues. The NRLN's previous survey in the spring of 2007 had 5,396 participants.

The NRLN Board of Directors thanks the individuals who participated in the survey. NRLN leaders will do an in depth analysis of the responses. Key findings will be extracted and conclusions drawn on what actions the NRLN should continue and whether any new directions are required. Click here to access the summary of the survey results. Adobe® Reader® is required to view this document. If you don't have it installed please download it by clicking the image to the right. Print size may be adjusted by clicking on the toolbar at the top of the document.


Highlights of 2008 NRLN Actions and Accomplishments

The NRLN has compiled a summary of highlights of its 2008 Actions and Accomplishments so that members and potential members can better understand what the NRLN did and attempted to do for America's retirees and future retirees. Read more...


NRLN President Bill Kadereit Asks U.S. House Committee For Legislation To Protect Retirees Health Care Benefits

The NRLN's efforts to stop the erosion and elimination of employer-sponsored health care coverage for retirees took a step forward on September 25, 2008 when NRLN President Bill Kadereit testified before an important U.S. House of Representatives Committee.

In the hearing on “Safeguarding Retiree Health Benefits,” Bill told the Committee on Education and Labor that maintenance of health care benefits in effect on the day of retirement is a top NRLN priority. He also said that two other NRLN priorities are the inclusion of catastrophic coverage in Medicare and the creation of a Medicare buy-in option, at cost, for all under age 65 retirees.  

Click here to read the report on Bill's appearance before the Committee and the text of the testimony presented. In the report is a link to the webcast on the entire hearing proceedings. In addition to Bill's testimony, the NRLN has prepared an extensive whitepaper for Committee members that presents in detail the serious economic and social consequences facing retirees as the result of employers' broken promises to provide retirement health care coverage.
Click here to read Bill's cover letter accompanying the whitepaper to the Committee.
Click here to read the whitepaper.


Pension Plan Assets Must Be Protected
Employers are lobbying Congress to relax provisions in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 requiring them to meet new pension funding levels. The NRLN is willing to accept a temporary delay in the implementation of pension funding rules if Congress will include in any relief legislation the NRLN's proposals to protect pension assets. Click here to read NRLN President Bill Kadereit's message on this issue. To send the NRLN's sample letter to your elected representatives on this issue, click on the "Take Action Now" headline at the top of this page.


NRLN Submits Proposals to Democratic & Republican Platform Committees

The NRLN has submitted proposals to the Democratic and Republican Parties on retirement issues to be considered for inclusion in their National Platforms this 2008 Election Year. In addition, the NRLN has inquired of both Parties whether there would be an opportunity for an NRLN Washington, D.C. staff member to testify before any hearings held by the National Platform Committee. Read the proposal to the Democratic Platform Committee here.
Read the proposal to the Republican Platform Committee here.


Questions On Retirement Issues Sent To Presidential Candidates
NRLN President Bill Kadereit has sent to the presidential candidates a letter with questions developed by the NRLN Legislative Committee. The Republican and Democrat candidates are being asked to provide their positions on issues of importance to retirees. The hope is that the candidates will respond and provide NRLN members with insights into how they would deal as president with retirement pensions, benefits, Social Security, Medicare and cost of health care. Read the questions here. When responses are received, NRLN members will be notified about how to access the answers on the NRLN website. The NRLN Legislative Committee will also develop questions to be sent to candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representative.


NRLN 2008 Leadership Conference and Board Meeting Focus On Retiree Issues

A focus on key retirement legislative issues, implementing a new organizational structure, growing the grassroots network and hearing from individuals who gauge the pulse of government leaders highlighted the NRLN’s 2008 Annual Leadership Conference and Board of Directors Meeting in Washington, D.C. Click here to read the report on the meetings.

NRLN Leadership Appalled By EEOC and Treasury Rules
Read NRLN President Bill Kadereit's message to the NRLN Grassroots Network that the leadership of the NRLN is appalled by recent rules issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the U.S. Treasury Department that will negatively impact millions of retirees. The NRLN intends to lobby Congress to put an end to the Executive Branch overruling laws passed by Congress.


THE NRLN 2007 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA


Survey Data Will Help Set NRLN Priorities  


NRLN Files Amicus Brief In Support Of Lucent Retirees  


NRLN's 1st Quarter 2007 Report on Lobbying Efforts


NRLN Legislative Agenda Questions For November 2006 Congressional Candidates issued 9/17/06


NRLN Grassroots Network Helps Get Pension Bill Passed issued 8/7/06


Great Deception Discovered In Senate Pension Reform Bill- December 14, 2005


S. K. Emery gives state of the Association message to members of the Telco Retirees Association, Inc.


Qwest Retirees React To Latest Executive Rape Of Retirees


NRLN UPDATE on New General Motors Cutbacks of Retiree Health Benefits


NRLN Speaks Out About GM Endorsement of Drug Legislation


Model letters for NRLN retirees


Model letter to Congress


NRLN Members Should Urge Senators To Support  Rx Importation Bill - S. 2328


A REVIEW OF THE NRLN’S POSITION ON ISSUES AND LEGISLATION AFFECTING RETIREES 


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