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24 Sep
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Watch the Town Halls on Sept. 29 and Oct. 3 Via Zoom

UPDATE:

The upcoming Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) town halls with John Cornyn and MJ Hegar will now be held as a Zoom Webinars. In order to participate in the webinars, you must pre-register.

To register for Cornyn’s town hall, click here. Cornyn’s town hall will occur Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.

To register for Hegar’s town hall, click here. Hegar’s town hall will occur Oct. 3 at 2:15 p.m.

The registrations are only open to TRTA members. There is a 3,000-person cap on each of the webinars, so be sure to register today! If you miss the live event, TRTA will have the recording posted to its YouTube channel later.

If you haven’t already, be sure to download the Zoom application to your devices. Learn more at Zoom.us!

TRTA is looking forward to a big attendance at the events, and we appreciate the outpouring of support our members have shown.

The streams were previously scheduled to occur on Facebook and YouTube, but due to technical issues with the stream application, TRTA has switched the town halls to Zoom.

Yesterday, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) announced the exciting news that two candidates for the U.S. Senate, John Cornyn and MJ Hegar, will be participating in virtual town hall meetings. Cornyn’s town hall meeting will occur on Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. CDT. Hegar’s town hall meeting will occur on Oct. 3 at 2:15 p.m. CDT.

The events will be streamed live on both YouTube and Facebook. The links to the streams will go live once the events begin.

To watch Cornyn’s town hall on YouTube, click here. To watch Cornyn’s town hall on Facebook, click here.

To watch Hegar’s town hall on YouTube, click here. To watch Hegar’s town hall on Facebook, click here.

This is a great opportunity not only for our current members but also for any Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retiree or pre-retiree to get involved and participate in the election process. If you’ve always had questions about the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), Government Pension Offset (GPO), and other Social Security issues, now is the time to ask!

As TRTA finalizes the details for the town halls, we are asking for our members’ help to make them as informative as possible! We need your input. Please take the time to complete this short Google form and let us know what questions and topics you would like to see covered during the events. Your question may be even be asked live! Please submit your questions by Monday, Sept. 28!

While TRTA does not endorse any candidates for political office, we want to be sure our members are informed and have the resources they need to make educated decisions. Most importantly, we want our members to know how important it is to vote in every election!

Please, if you plan to attend one or both of these town hall events, invite friends, family members, colleagues, and active educators you know to attend too! The events are free to view and are sure to provide you with a unique opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about issues that impact your retirement security.

Thank you for being a dedicated member of TRTA. Do you know someone who is not yet a member of TRTA and should be involved in helping to protect the retirement security of the 1,000,000-plus Texans working in our school districts? Invite them to this event and invite them to join our great organization that works exclusively to protect and improve benefits for all Texas retired school personnel!

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23 Sep
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HUGE ANNOUNCEMENT: TRTA to Host Town Hall Events with John Cornyn and MJ Hegar

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is pleased to announce that we are planning two virtual town hall events focused on issues at the federal government level. U.S. Senator John Cornyn will join us for a town hall meeting on Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. MJ Hegar is challenging Cornyn for the U.S. senate seat, and she will join us for a town hall meeting on Oct. 3 at 2:15 p.m.

Both Cornyn and Hegar have indicated their strong interest in speaking to TRTA’s members about issues that impact them at the federal level, such as Social Security.

The events will be streamed live on both YouTube and Facebook. The links to the streams will go live once the events begin.

To watch Cornyn’s town hall on YouTube, click here. To watch Cornyn’s town hall on Facebook, click here.

To watch Hegar’s town hall on YouTube, click here. To watch Hegar’s town hall on Facebook, click here.

This is a great opportunity not only for our current members but also for any Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) retiree or pre-retiree to get involved and participate in the election process. If you’ve always had questions about the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), Government Pension Offset (GPO), and other Social Security issues, now is the time to ask!

As TRTA finalizes the details for the town halls, we are asking for our members’ help to make them as informative as possible! We need your input. Please take the time to complete this short Google form and let us know what questions and topics you would like to see covered during the events. Your question may be even be asked live! Please submit your questions by Monday, Sept. 28!

While TRTA does not endorse any candidates for political office, we want to be sure our members are informed and have the resources they need to make educated decisions. Most importantly, we want our members to know how important it is to vote in every election!

Please, if you plan to attend one or both of these town hall events, invite friends, family members, colleagues, and active educators you know to attend too! The events will be free to view and are sure to provide you with a unique opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about issues that impact your retirement security.

Thank you for being a dedicated member of TRTA. Do you know someone who is not yet a member of TRTA and should be involved in helping to protect the retirement security of the 1,000,000-plus Texans working in our school districts? Invite them to this event and invite them to join our great organization that works exclusively to protect and improve benefits for all Texas retired school personnel!

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22 Sep
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Voting Resources and TRTA’s Legislative Priorities

As the General Election approaches, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is your one-stop shop for voting safely and finding non-partisan information on how, when, and where to cast your vote.

There are only 42 days before election day (November 3) and 21 days until early voting begins (October 13). We urge you to plan ahead, apply for a mail-in ballot if you are eligible, and if you plan to vote in person, to follow all the recommended safety guidelines and vote early to avoid longer lines.

Voting Resources

Here are two new resources that explain the ins-and-outs of voting during the pandemic and include information about who will be on the ballot.

  • The Texas Tribune includes the information you need about how and when to vote as well as who is on the ticket in statewide races. You can confirm your voter registration, request a mail-in ballot, and register to vote using the links included on this page.
  • Raise your Hand Texas is an education advocacy group and one of TRTA’s partners in the Texas Educators Vote coalition. Their website allows you to view your voter information, research candidates, and register to vote.

Making Your Decision

As you decide which candidates deserve your vote, please take a look at the TRTA 2021 Legislative Priorities. These may be useful to you as you determine which candidates at the state and federal levels support issues that impact retired Texas public school personnel.

If they are congressional candidates, will they commit to ending the Social Security offsets— the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO)—that reduce Texas educators’ earned benefits?

If they are candidates for the Texas Legislature, will they commit to funding the contribution increases passed via Senate Bill 12 that move the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension fund toward actuarial soundness? Will they work to find a long-term funding plan for the TRS-Care health insurance program?

Many TRTA local units are collecting candidate surveys based on the priorities and some are conducting candidate forums at their meetings. Watch your inbox for dates and details if you already are a local unit member or contact a local unit near you for more information. Candidate forums are a great way to get your questions answered before you vote.

Mark Your Calendars!

  • October 5, 2020 — Last Day to Register to Vote
    • October 23, 2020 — Vote by mail application due
    • October 13-30, 2020 — Early Voting period
    • November 3, 2020, 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. — Election Day

TRTA will continue to use the Inside Line to share resources every week about how, when, and where to vote! Stay tuned.

Thank You!

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. We hope all of our members are doing well and making their voting plans now! Please stay safe, and either vote by mail or make a plan to vote during the early voting period to avoid long lines and big crowds.

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