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October 2020

SPOKANE CHAPTER 32 NEWSLETTER

Published Monthly except July and August

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20 - 08 Advocates for Current and Former Federal Employees October 2020



OCTOBER CHAPTER MEETING (via Zoom) MONDAY Oct 12, 2020 - 11:30AM

Zoom Meeting Details: To Join, you can either: Call 253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID: 875 6781 7830 and Passcode: 330092. Or you can go to: CLICK LINK HERE

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Scott Robinson


As I mentioned last month, we held our first general membership meeting via Zoom on September 14th at 11:30. A few of the regulars plus one extra person joined us for some social time in addition to our business meeting. I, for one, enjoyed visiting with everyone that participated. Our next meeting will be October 12th (Columbus Day) at 11:30. For those of you who do not have a web camera, you can still join us with audio only. Please mark your calendars, and we will send the details to you prior to the meeting.


Regarding the NARFE elections, Ken Thomas will continue as President and Kathryn Hensley as Secretary/Treasurer. Linda Silverio will become our new Region IX Vice President. The national membership adopted 15 of the Proposals and Resolutions and rejected seven of the same. I extend “kudos” to the 25 members of Chapter 032 (7%) who voted.


As national Election Day approaches, it will be different from what we have experienced before. But as in every year, voting remains a fundamental American freedom and civic duty. Therefore, I urge you to vote and return your ballot as early as possible to ensure it being counted.


I am continuing to recruit the Membership Chairperson, who could be you. Please call me at 208-661-7695 or email me at scottsoriole@q.com if you are interested in becoming a more active member.


DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR


October 12, 2020 11:30 AM Due to the present health situation all Meetings are virtual until further notice.


To Join the Zoom Meeting, you can either:

Call 253-215-8782 and enter the Meeting ID: 875 6781 7830 and Passcode: 330092.


Or you can click This LINK.


LEGISLATION Roger Bosky


CHOICES

It is Autumn, and time to make choices. The most important is the election. Make sure to return that ballot and vote. I found a website, govexec.gov, which provides any comments that the presidential candidates have expressed about Federal pay and benefits.


Another big choice happens during the open season for health benefits which begins November 9th There are new choices for dental and vision benefits. Note that the OPM website may have changed since you last saw it. OPM locks out users who have not used the site for 6 months. Make sure that you can access the site and know how to navigate to make your choices. Our health benefits brings to mind an issue that perplexes me. Federal employees pay premiums with pre-tax dollars. Why don’t retirees get the same benefit?


The Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) are still on the Congressional table. Over 2 million people are getting reduced social security benefits because of these provisions. The House has 258 co-sponsors of H.R.141 on both sides of the aisle. I note that our representative, CMR, is not yet a co-sponsor. Give her a call and give her the opportunity to get on the side of fairness for retirees.


Another issue out there is the payroll tax deferral for Federal employees. This deferral does not affect postal employees or retirees. Under the provision social security and Medicare taxes will not be deducted from their pay. But the deferred taxes will have to be repaid early next year. What a big inconvenience this is!



NARFE-PAC MaryAnn Bosky

You can contribute to NARFE-PAC at our monthly meetings at Darcy’s or by completing the NARFE-PAC contribution form in the NARFE magazine. I will have pins for a $25 contribution at our meeting.