|Following several meetings of Retired
Public Employees from various departments and organizations,
a new statewide association has been formed. The new association is
Association of Retired Public Employees, aka MI-ARPE.
A web-site has been set up www.mi-arpe.com and e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some limited information has already been
placed on the web-site. You can view the By-Laws, the minutes from
the meeting of April 12, and a list of some current legislation in
Lansing, which may or may not have an effect on Public Employees.
Tim Ward,lobbyist with Michigan
Consultants in Lansing,(One of the oldest and most respected lobbying
firms in Lansing) has offered his assistance in our
lobbying effort at no cost to MI-ARPE during the formation
period of the association. So we will be working with Tim, as we review
this legislation. Once we identify a bill that needs our attention
we will take action, and keep you informed in regards to the progress
of the legislation. Along with the legislation we have listed on
our web-site, we expect numerous new pieces of legislation to be
introduced, as the state works to cut its' deficit and assist
local municipalities in reducing their deficits. We are all aware of
the fact that Public Employees both active and retirees, benefits are
considered by the state and many municipalities to be the cause for
their budget deficits.
Public Employees pensions and
plans are under attack across the country and the state. Turn on the
news, and you're likely to hear reports of Public
Employees' Cadillac Healthcare Plans and Lucrative
Pensions forcing states and municipalities into
bankruptcy. It's time for us to join together and get our message
to the legislators that these reports are wrong and
there is a misconception in regards to the level of benefits that most
current retired public employees receive.
We need every Retired Public
join in and assist us as we attempt to protect and preserve the meager
pensions, and limited hospitalization coverage we actually receive. Go
to the web-site www.mi-arpe.com download a dues form
complete and return it as soon as possible. Remember there is safety in
numbers. We can't do this alone
When a current association/organization
joins, they will be able to appoint members to the MI-ARPE Board of
Directors, and any communications from MI-ARPE will be sent to the
member organization. So we also suggest that you join as an individual,
and then you will receive any communications sent out by MI-ARPE
along with your own membership card, and the right to vote and run for
office, and other rights and privileges.
If you have any questions please feel
call me anytime, Office Monday-Friday 9AM-3PM, (586)795-1734 or my cell
Please forward this information to
every Public Employee Retiree you know.
Treasurer, Michigan Association of
President, Retired Detroit
Police & Fire Fighters Association