Retired Teachers Lobby Legislators to Support Teacher Pensions and More

In an overwhelming turnout for Retired Teachers Lobby Day, hundreds of former Connecticut educators gathered at the Legislative Office Building this morning to meet with their elected officials about issues critical to public education and the teaching profession. Among the biggest of these are funding teacher pensions and avoiding a proposed cost shift.   “We…

Retired Teachers Applaud Legislative Funding, Ready to Stay Active and Engaged

“Those of you who went to retired lobby day, who reached out to your legislators, I can’t thank you enough,” CEA Executive Director Donald Williams told members of CEA-Retired gathered for their annual spring meeting this morning. “You made a tremendous difference and had a big impact on the legislature this year.” In the budget…

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Governor’s Teacher Retirement Budget Proposal

Governor Malloy’s budget proposal recognizes the value of Connecticut teachers and the state’s financial obligation to them, but the plan to create a partnership for teacher pension contributions with cities and towns must be viewed with extreme caution. The plan could have serious consequences for our students, our families, and our communities. As a result…

State Teachers’ Retirement System Posts Impressive Investment Return

State Treasurer Denise Nappier recently announced that the State Teachers’ Retirement Fund realized an investment return of 15.67 percent. That exceeded the actuarial investment assumption of 8.5 percent. Nappier also noted that the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, which includes the State Employees’ Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement Fund, and 13 other funds, added $4.15…

Funding for Public Education and Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund

Many important bills, including the state budget, were debated and passed in the 2013 legislative session that adjourned at midnight last night. Thanks to the hard work of CEA active and retired members, the House and Senate voted to keep the Appropriations Committee funding for the retired teachers’ health insurance fund in the final budget.…

Budget Includes 25% Contribution to Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund

The legislature’s Appropriations Committee today released its budget, which includes a 25% state contribution to the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund for fiscal years 2014 and 2015. State law requires the state to make a 33.3% contribution to the fund, but the governor and legislature can override this law. The original budget proposal would have…

Teachers Continue to Contact Their Legislators and Urge You to Do the Same

Your colleagues have made numerous calls urging legislators to continue the state’s contribution to the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund. Please join your colleagues and keep up the effort. The legislature’s Appropriations Committee is still weighing  whether state dollars will be put into the fund for the next two years and every call makes a…

Educators Unite to Protect the Retired Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund

“I paid $15,000 a year out of my pocket for health insurance before my wife and I turned 65 and were eligible for Medicare.” “Retired teachers are on fixed incomes and we don’t get Social Security, so increases in our health care insurance costs are difficult to manage.” “Both active and retired teachers have been…

CEA Retirees Spring into Action to Protect the Teachers’ Health Insurance Fund

“Active and retired teachers need to get involved in issues of importance to the profession,” said Marsha Baretta, a retired South Windsor teacher. “And right now a key issue is our teachers’ health insurance fund, and it affects all teachers.” Baretta, who was among a group of retirees at a CEA Retired Regional Member Activist…