In 1992 members of SEIU Local 503, OPEU founded a Local union for retirees, so that we can maintain union membership in retirement. Our Retirees Local 001 serves as a way for us to stay connected with one another and to develop new friendships, share our experiences, stay politically active and serve our communities and maintain our union-member-only benefits provided by Local 503. Our retiree group meets regularly and we are especially active in lobbying for the issues that affect retirees, working families and organized labor. The union members who founded Local 001 had a vision of us helping to lead a grassroots movement for positive change – a real citizens’ movement focusing on quality of life issues – and having fun while doing it.
It’s fun being a union retiree!
The generation of State workers who led our strikes in 1987 and 1995 has either retired or is considering retirement. Some of the union members who struck at Parry Center in 2004 and many of the union members who supported them are also facing retirement. Homecare Local 99 founders are either retiring or reducing their hours. Members who have seen our union grow and helped us change are retiring.
Local 503 needs our experience and we need to focus on the issues we will face as retirees.