AFSCME Texas Retirees Chapter 12

Texas Retirees are fighting for a secure retirement for all retired Texans.

At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders 

No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

As AFSCME retirees we know the importance of a strong union. With 6000 members statewide, AFSCME Texas Retirees Chapter 12 is the fastest growing union for retired Texas state employees. Recently we have been able to move Senate Bill 935 and its companion House Bill 265.  This legislation would permit a state retiree to run for one of the elected seats on the ERS Board. It is currently limited to active employees.  

There is bipartisan support for this legislation and we are urging legislators to vote yes when this bill comes before them.

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