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New York Alliance for Retired Americans WNY Chapter of NYSARA
NEW YORK STATE ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS
Stephen Muscarella, President
NYS PEF Retirees
Email: sjmuskie@roadrunner.com

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With More Than 500,000 Retired Union Members Living Across New York State Today, Including More Than 100,000 Right Here in Western New York, WNYLaborToday.com is Proud to be Working With the Representatives of the Western New York Chapter of the New York State Alliance For Retired Americans (NYSARA) in Order to Provide Union Retirees With a Variety of Labor News and Information They Need and Just Won’t Find Anywhere Else.

The Western New York Chapter of the New York Alliance For Retired Americans Serves as the Base for Providing Union Retirees a Voice that Can Be Heard.

Stephen Muscarella is NYSARA’s President Here in Western New York and Also Serves as President of the New York State Public Employees Federation (PEF).

For More Information on the Western New York Chapter of the New York State Alliance For Retired Americans and How You Can Get Involved, Contact Stephen Muscarella Directly Via E-Mail at sjmuskie@roadrunner.com.

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Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Indiana Alliance Joins With Partners To Take On ‘Right To Work’ & Racial Divide Emerges Over Mississippi Voter ID Constitutional Amendment

Published on Sunday, January 15, 2012 in Union Retirees
Indiana Alliance Joins With Partners To Take On Right-To-Work Last week, representatives from the Indiana Alliance, the group Hoosiers First and United Senior Action held a press conference to voice their joint concerns about the so-called Right-To-Work legislation pending before the Indiana General Assembly. Having reviewed the possible impacts of more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Medicare Is A Major Issue In 2012 As More Baby Boomers Begin To Receive Their Benefits & Government Dollars Are Going To Private Insurance Companies By The Billions

Published on Tuesday, January 10, 2012 in Union Retirees
Medicare A Major Issue In 2012 As More Baby Boomers Begin To Receive Their Benefits During a recent campaign stop In Iowa, Republican Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum said: “You have Medicare driving the entire Health Care System in this country and it’s crushing it.” According to Thinkprogress.org (Http://Bit.Ly/Xjzuz5), Santorum is a strong more»

Nearly 300,000 New Yorkers Over The Age Of 65 Will Be Paying More At Their Pharmacies In 2012, Thanks To New York State Lawmakers Voting For A Reduction In Prescription Drug Coverage That Was Approved In Last Year’s Budget Cuts

Published on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Union Retirees
(ALBANY) - A reduction in Prescription Drug Coverage under 2011’s New York State Budget Cuts means 292,000 New Yorkers will now be paying more at the pharmacy. State Leaders cut the $322 million Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program by 45% to help deal with the State's on-going budget crisis. Cuts to Prescription Benefits under the EPIC more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Capitol Hill Tax Stalemate Hurts Medicare & GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Stumbles On Medicaid As Iowa Alliance Members Protest Republican Plans For Seniors

Published on Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in Union Retirees
Capitol Hill Tax Stalemate Hurts Medicare The Congressional deadlock over extending Payroll Tax Cuts – sparked by a revolt of House Tea Party Republicans – will hurt Seniors on Medicare, unless a resolution is reached quickly. Seniors with incomes below $15,000 per year are at risk of losing access to critical Medical Services through the Qualified more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Voter Suppression Continues To Rear Its Ugly Head In Wisconsin And Pennsylvania & Wyden-Ryan Medicare Plan Would Raise Premiums For Seniors

Published on Sunday, December 18, 2011 in Union Retirees
Voter Suppression Continues To Rear Its Ugly Head In Wisconsin And Pennsylvania A Federal Lawsuit was filed last week in Milwaukee alleging that Wisconsin's new Voter ID law is unconstitutional and will deprive people of the right to vote. The suit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin and the National Law Center on Homelessness more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: Payroll Tax Cut, ‘Doc Fix’ Likely To Be Rolled Into One Catch-All Package, Romney Elaborates On Medicare & Health Care Law’s Saved The Average Senior $569 On Prescriptions In Just 10 Months

Published on Monday, December 12, 2011 in Union Retirees
Payroll Tax Cut, “Doc Fix” Likely To Be Rolled Into One Catch-All Package Elected Officials are discussing several competing plans to cut the Payroll Tax that’s used to fund the Social Security Trust Fund. The employee share of the tax is scheduled to go back to 6.2% on January 1st, from a current rate of 4.2% - if no legislation is passed, and more»

Union Retiree News From The Alliance For Retired Americans: With Super Committee Deadline Passed, December Brings More Decisions, Beware Of Retiresafe & Census Data Shows That The 65-to-69 Age Group Is The Fastest Growing

Published on Monday, December 5, 2011 in Union Retirees
With Super Committee Deadline Passed, December Brings More Decisions The November 23rd deadline for the Super Committee to vote on a legislative proposal that achieves $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion in savings has come and gone without producing any type of report. “We dodged a bullet, but we’re not out of the woods. Attempts to cut Social Security more»

Union Retiree News From The American Alliance For Retired Americans: Likely Presidential Candidate From Minnesota Calls Public Sector Unions “Exploiters”

Published on Saturday, December 18, 2010 in Union Retirees
Likely Presidential Candidate From Minnesota Calls Public Sector Unions “Exploiters” Calling Public Sector Unions “exploiters,” Minnesota governor - and likely 2012 Republican presidential candidate - Tim Pawlenty took aim at retiree benefits earlier this week, saying: “We need to end defined-benefit retirement plans for government employees.” more»

Union Retiree News From The American Alliance For Retired Americans: Retirees Angered By Congressional Defeat Of Help For Social Security Recipients/Amidst Talk Of Tax Cuts For The Rich, Republicans Block Help For Struggling Seniors

Published on Saturday, December 11, 2010 in Union Retirees
Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Edward Coyle responds to the defeat of bills in both the U.S House and Senate that would have provided a one-time $250 payment to Seniors: “In a week defined by tax cuts for millionaires, retirees are stunned and outraged that Congress would reject a one-time $250 payment to Seniors who, for the second more»

Union Retiree News From the American Alliance For Retired Americans: Panel Rejects Calls For Social Security Cuts & The Alliance Responds To The Commission’s Report & Offensive Comments

Published on Monday, December 6, 2010 in Union Retirees
Panel Rejects Calls For Social Security Cuts The President’s Fiscal Commission suffered a defeat last week, as 11 of 18 panel members voted to support their far-reaching deficit-cutting plan. However, 14 of the 18 members of the Commission needed to vote for it to make it an official recommendation, and Commission Co-chairs Erskine Bowles and Alan more»

ProtectSeniors.Org Says Senate’s Christmas Eve Vote On The Health Care Bill Is Nothing More Than Lump Of Coal For American Retirees

Published on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 in Union Retirees
On Christmas Eve the U.S. Senate effectively put lumps of coal in the stockings of tens of millions of American retirees with the passage of its version of Health Care Reform, according to ProtectSeniors.Org, a national non-profit retiree advocacy group with more than 55,000 members across the United States. The Senate bill does nothing to protect the more»

Happy Holidays & Happy New Year From ProtectSeniors.Org

Published on Sunday, December 27, 2009 in Union Retirees
As 2009 draws to a close, ProtectSeniors.Org would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you - our dedicated grassroots advocates - for all you've done this year to advance our goal of saving Retiree Health Care. You wrote almost 30,000 e-mails to Congress and President Obama, and had 34 Opinion-Editorials and 31 Letters to the Editor placed in more»

Commentary: In Defense of Public Employees Pensions

Published on Monday, December 21, 2009 in Union Retirees
As a senior citizen and a retiree of New York State, I take exception to recently published articles attacking public employee pensions. These pensions are contractually protected, meaning they were understood, mutual agreements between the government agency (employer) and the now retired senior (employee) as terms and conditions of employment. To more»

From The Erie County Department Of Senior Services: We Help Those With or Without Insurance

Published on Thursday, December 17, 2009 in Union Retirees
(ERIE COUNTY) - Many Erie County residents are confused about their options regarding Medicare and other health insurance, but the Erie County Department of Senior Services offers both free and objective assistance. Bill Daniels, Outreach Coordinator with the Senior Services' Insurance Resource Center, is reminding county residents that couples with more»

Retiree News from the American Federation of Teachers

Published on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 in Union Retirees
DEMOCRATIC BUDGET HAWKS, CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS PUSH ENTITLEMENT COMMISSION A group of fiscal conservatives, including Senate Budget Committee chair Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), are backing a commission to help bend the curve of Health Care costs. The drive to fast track the commission's work would require a super-majority more»

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