Information to apply to become an URGE member is located on the About Urge page and updated Jan 16 2017.
6/19/2017 By David Halstead. The spring news letter is late but should be out soon. I am posting a link think we all should be paying attention to. The link is to the minutes of the state RTAB overseeing Flint. I recommend starting at least from November to present. http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,4679,7-121-1751_51556_64472-298275--,00.html
4/11/2017 The city of Flint mailed out post cards awhile back. In case you missed it. The city of flint now has Crystal Dorsey from Cornerstone on site to answer questions and concerns about your benefits. She is there from 10am - 12pm and 12:30pm - 3pm every third Thursday of the month through July. No appointment needed just stop by your HR department and they will let you know where she will be. You will be able to discuss Eligibilty, Enrollment, Claims (bring documents), Life events and COBRA. Visits are limited to 15 minutes per person. sessions will end promply at 3pm.
4/3/2017 This is a correspondence from Allen Park Retiree Association and thier Attorney Mark Porter.
The Governor's Task Force on Responsible Pension Reform has one goal and one goal only. That is to strip away as much from current and future retirees, statewide, as possible. Why this is such a hot issue with Doug DeVos of the Amway fame and fortune, who is driving this "reform", is not known.
Mark wrote: "The Governor's "Task Force" on "Pension and Retiree Health Care" had its first meeting this past Friday, February 10th. On a bit of intuition, I ran some searches and found the attached Detroit News article from September, 2016, confirming who is actually pulling the strings in the background. You can view the article at this link: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2016/09/28/michigan-forum-devos-family-target-pension-reform/91241584/
While it is certainly not accurate to attribute all intent upon a single person -- especially considering the current iron grip on all branches of Mich State Government -- the attached article confirms the suspicions.
We now have confirmed that the lame duck push on retiree health care was simply 50% of the total agenda from the West Side of the State.
The Governor's office has scheduled only 6-meetings of the Task Force, with a final date of April 20th, after which "recommended" legislation will be introduced on a time table to be passed and signed by Summer recess.
It stands to reason that there is no conceivable, objective way to determine all of the Statewide variances in pensions and retiree health care between now and then.
An objective review, however, was never the goal -- only a couple crammed-down "solutions" for both retiree pensions and health insurance."
As we previoulsy believed, last December's lame duck session attempt at passing these bills was only a weak attempt. We need to be very concerned about this. We need to stop this from happening. If enacted, these laws will eventually effect all retirees, regardless of where they retired from. You can count on that. The State is trying to conquer the public sector retirees and employees first; the private sector will be next and very easy to "steam roll".
It is up to us to stop this from happening. Nobody else will. Nobody is coming to our rescue. This is our pensions and other post employment benefits (OPEB), namely healthcare, we are talking about. In other words, our financial futures.
What can you do? To start, share this email with any and all retirees and public service sector employees you know. Call your Michigan State Senators and Representatives, everyday, and let them know that you'll never vote for them, or anybody from their party, again if they support and enact these "pension reform" laws. If you live in another state, you can still call and voice your concern. You may even ask family members, who reside in Michigan, take up your cause also. Not sure who your senator or representive is or how to contact them? Use these links to find yours http://www.senate.michigan.gov/fysbyaddress.html or http://house.michigan.gov/mhrpublic/
Email them, write them, request a face to face meeting with them at their local office. They all have at least one monthly coffee hour in their district. You can find out where and when by using the links above. (All the information you need to know is on their individual websites). Go there, voice your opinion. Let them know that this is not an issue for the State of Michigan to control. We don't need pension reforms. These are collective bargaining rights and as such, are best left and addressed at the local level. Be heard. Make them know who YOU are. More importantly, make them know that you're not going to stand for this.
Contact the leadership of the Senate and the House. Let them know you are not going to stand for this. You can find all the information for the leaderships at these two links: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/SenatorInfo/leadership.html or http://house.michigan.gov/leadership.asp
Each and everyone of us has a huge stake in this. Retirees and active employees alike. If we are to stop this travesity, this open assault upon retirees and union workers, then each of us has an individual responsibility to ourselves, and each other, to take an active part to stop this dead in its' tracks.
1/21/2017 Urge may be contacting those members who retired between 1991 and 2000 and were involved in the 27 overpayment / repayment plan. Urge will want to know when the city calculated the recovery of the overpayment was it done with an interest of 6% per annum, compounded annually. This information will be on the letter of repayment that was mailed to the retiree December 3, 2003 by Peter Dobrzeniecki, Finance Director. If you are one of these retirees and have your letter with your repayment information please contact URGE and inform us you have this information. Do not send anything please. All we need at this time is to find some members who still have their letter. If you call please just give us your name and phone number and indicate that you have your letter with information on your repayment for 27 pays. Thank You.
10/23/2016 Newsletters have been mailed and you should have received yours by now.
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5/19/2016The election is final. The URGE executive board officers are as follows. A Big Thank You to all who participated and helped with the election process.
President - Mary Bland (unopposed)
First Vice - Sherry Murphy (unopposed)
Second Vice - David Halstead (unopposed)
Financial Secretary - Leon Noack (unopposed)
Recording Secretary - Melissa Stemple (unopposed)
David Hall - 1st
Mike Mooney (incumbent) - 2nd
Linda DeFlorio (incumbent) - 3rd (alternate)
Mark Bezinque (incumbent) - 4th (alternate)