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22 Aug 2019
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Join the TRTA Fall Bring a Friend Contest and You Could Win $100!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is launching its Fall Bring a Friend contest, where you and a friend could each win $100! TRTA is working towards its goal of 100,000 members, and we’re asking for your help in making it a reality!

Current TRTA members can get a friend or colleague to join TRTA for the first time and both the current and new member will be entered to win a $100 gift card. If you win, your friend wins too! In total, three pairs of TRTA friends will win. In total, there’s $600 up for grabs! The contest continues through November 15, 2019.

Read all the details and learn how to submit a contest entry here!

TRTA Sets Goal to Reach 100,000 Members!

This year, TRTA is focused on reaching 100,000 members. We are very close to our goal! The best ambassadors for TRTA are current members of our great organization. When you bring a friend to TRTA, the entire organization benefits!

The more members we have, the more influence we have as an advocacy group as we lobby the Texas Legislature and Congress. Tell your friends we are fighting everyday to protect the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension fund and TRS-Care health insurance plan and working to repeal the unfair federal Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). We need their help to continue the fight!

Contest Eligibility 

To be eligible for the drawing, you, the current member, must be sure your state dues for the 2019-2020 membership year are paid. Your friend must be a new TRTA member (your friend either has never been a member of TRTA before or has not been a member within the past three years) and must join TRTA between August 15, 2019 and November 15, 2019.

You must send a photo of the two of you posing together to info@trta.org by November 15, 2019 (see details at this link). After your information and your friend’s information has been verified by TRTA, you and your friend will be entered to win a $100 gift card.

This is very similar to TRTA’s Each One Bring One initiative, but instead, both you and your friend could win $100! If you win, your friend wins too! Three pairs of TRTA friends will win. All TRTA members are eligible to participate in the contest.

Join the TRTA 100K Challenge and Bring a Friend to TRTA Today! Be sure to use our hashtags on Facebook and Twitter: #TRTA100K #100KSTRONG #100KCHALLENGE #BRINGAFRIENDTOTRTA

Thank You

Thank you for your membership to TRTA and for being a strong advocate for retirees, present and future! TRTA will never stop working for retired educators in Texas, and we hope you and your retired friends will always be by our side as we continue to fight for retirement security for all members of TRS.

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16 Aug 2019
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Local Unit Meetings Happening, Find Yours Today and Join the Fall Bring a Friend Contest!

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) consists of 254 local units. These local units are the backbone of the organization and provide a great outlet to connect with your fellow retired educators.

Local units are holding their fall meetings, and you can find yours today by using the new TRTA local unit meeting calendar. TRTA’s Executive Director, Tim Lee, is engaging in many of these meetings, and you can view his calendar here. Many local units are also inviting their legislators to fall meetings.

VIEW THE CALENDAR

To use the calendar, find your local under the organizer dropdown. From there, your local’s meetings will load. You can jump from one meeting to the next by clicking on the next month on the calendar. Dates that feature a blue dot have an event. You can view an event’s details by clicking on the date of the event and on the event itself.

If you haven’t seen it already, Tim Lee hosted a Facebook Live event recently where he spoke about the importance of local units. If you are not a member of a local unit, you can find one in your area here.

WATCH TIM LEE’S FACEBOOK LIVE

TRTA Fall Bring A Friend Contest

This month, TRTA launched the Fall Bring a Friend contest, just in time for local unit meetings! You and your friend could each win $100 and help TRTA reach 100,000 members!

Current TRTA members will get a new friend or colleague to join TRTA and you will both be entered to win a $100 gift card! If you win, your friend wins too! In total, three pairs of TRTA friends will win. The contest continues through November 15, 2019.

Read all the details and learn how to submit a contest entry here!

Join the TRTA 100K Challenge and Bring a Friend to TRTA Today! #TRTA100K #100KSTRONG #100KCHALLENGE #BRINGAFRIENDTOTRTA

Thank you for your membership to TRTA. TRTA’s local units are the biggest reason why TRTA has grown into the largest retired educator association in the nation. If you’re interested in learning more about your local unit, you can do so by visiting the local unit’s website.

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12 Aug 2019
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Rep. Kevin Brady Holds Town Hall Meeting to Discuss WEP Reform

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) is a unfair Social Security issue that negatively impacts thousands of retired educators nationwide, including educators that have paid into the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) as well as Social Security.

Progress on reforming the WEP has been slow and arduous ever since it was since enacted in 1983. Congressman Kevin Brady (R – The Woodlands) has made significant headway on the issue over the past few years. His latest bill proposal is H.R. 3934. He held a town hall meeting today, August 12, in Montgomery, Texas discussing the issue.

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) has been one of the primary advocates in seeking reform for the WEP. TRTA has worked closely with Brady over the years to provide feedback and testimony on the WEP.

The WEP reduces the amount of Social Security public servants receive by using an arbitrary formula to reduce their earned benefits. The WEP provides a means of eliminating the “windfall” of Social Security benefits received by beneficiaries who also receive a pension based on work not covered by Social Security.

Approximately 85 stakeholders attended the meeting, which quickly became a standing-room-only venue. Brady laid out his plan for reforming the WEP, which includes working with Rep. Richard Neal (D – Massachusetts). Neal serves as the Chairman for the congressional House Ways and Means Committee, which oversees Social Security issues.

Brady also fielded questions regarding his bill and the WEP. He encouraged stakeholders to contact their congressmen about the issue. You can find out who represents you here. You can view the bill’s current cosponsors here. In addition to receiving support in the U.S. House of Representatives, Brady mentioned that both Senators John Cornyn (R – Texas) and Ted Cruz (R – Texas) have signaled their support for WEP reform.

While most Texas educators pay into TRS as their sole form of retirement, many others have paid into both TRS and Social Security, and these educators have their Social Security cut by an arbitrary amount. The WEP has significant impact on their retirement income, and many retired educators impacted are caught off-guard when they receive their Social Security check.

The next step for Brady is to confer with Neal on the bill structure. Additionally, Brady will be seeking the buy-in of all stakeholder groups, including the national firefighters’ group, many of which also have thousands of members impacted by the WEP.

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