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Summer Theme Park Discounts

Posted on: June 8th, 2015 No Comments

Below are this month’s featured savings from AFSCME Advantage, a special program of discounts and savings for our members.

Member Savings from AFSCME Advantage

Car buying service for union families

Thinking about buying a car?
Take advantage of the Union Plus no-hassle Auto Buying program and get a $100 rebate for buying new union-made cars, or a $200 rebate for new union-made EPA green vehicles.
Find out more here.

Union Plus Car Buying Program
Theme Park savings

Theme park discounts

If you’re planning on taking your family to a theme-park this summer, make sure to take advantage of the Union Plus Theme Park discount program.
Get discounts on 20 of the most popular amusement parks in the U.S.!

Travel around the world this summer

Union Plus Worldwide Vacation Tours gives union adventurers endless possibilities for discounted worldwide travel with Go Ahead. Take $150 off per person on the trip of a lifetime, wherever you choose to go.

Learn more about Go Ahead adventures here.

Go Ahead Tours


REAL Retirement Security Now!

Posted on: April 6th, 2015 No Comments

AFSCME e-Action Network

Retiree Sisters and Brothers,
I wanted to make sure you saw the note that sister Widger sent our earlier this week regarding the retirement security crisis America’s middle class is facing today. 
Can you sign our petition TODAY and let us know how Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and your pension has created a secure retirement for you and your family? The White House, Congress and America need to know how AFSCME and retirees across the country are fighting for the middle class.

Gary Tavormina
Chair, AFSCME Retiree Council
P.S The next regional White House Conference on Aging is happening tomorrow in Seattle, WA.  The event is invitation only, however they will  be webcasting it live.  You can watch the live stream by going to at 8:30am PST on Thursday. April, 2015.

Sisters and Brothers,
We have a retirement security crisis in America that threatens the middle class and people working their way into it. Americans are less prepared for retirement today than in decades and the overwhelming majority of people are anxious about their ability to retire, while most workers are simply trying to keep up, let alone put aside money for the future.

This year provides a unique opportunity to highlight this ongoing crisis. 2015 is the 80th anniversary of Social Security and the 50th anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid. It is also the year of the White House Conference on Aging (WHCoA) that occurs once every decade to discuss and tackle the problems facing seniors.

Since this year is a big anniversary year for the programs that seniors depend on, and the year that the White House Conference on Aging is held, we think it’s important to send a message to the President – every American deserves a secure retirement!

Sign our petition and tell us your story about how Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and pensions have made for a secure retirement for you and your family. We will be compiling messages and stories from across the country and sharing them with the President and the White House. Please sign our petition and tell us your story today!

In solidarity,
Ann Widger
Director, AFSCME Retirees
P.S. This year the White House is holding five invitation-only WHCoA regional meetings leading up to a national conference this summer in Washington, DC.  The next one is being held tomorrow in Phoenix, AZ.  The event is invitation only, however they will webcasting it live.  You can watch the live stream by going to at 8:30am MST on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.


October Member Savings

Posted on: October 27th, 2014 No Comments
AFSCME e-Action Network

Below are this month’s featured savings from AFSCME Advantage, a special program of discounts and savings for our members.


Member Savings from AFSCME Advantage

Changes to No-Cost Accidental Death Insurance

Every AFSCME member is afforded the benefit of No-Cost (FREE) Accidental Death Insurance for a year.

No-cost coverage automatically ends after 12 months, but members have the option to enroll in a group rate accidental death policy afterwards.

The group rate accidental death policy covers up to $200,000. The no-cost policy covers up to $20,000. Click here for more details.


Credit and Budget Counseling

As an AFSCME member, you can get a FREE consumer credit counseling session, budget analysis and money management advice to get back on the road to financial recovery.

No confusing gimmicks. Just sound advice that’ll help you get on the road to financial recovery. Learn more about our program here.


Medical Bill Negotiating Service

Union Plus provides AFSCME members with large out-of-pocket medical bills FREE assistance negotiating bill reductions.

The service negotiates with medical providers on your behalf to lower costs and establish payment plans.

You must have at least one outstanding unreimbursed medical expense of $400 or more from a single medical provider. Read more about the service and eligible medical expenses here.



Elizabeth Warren's Message to AFSCME Members

Elizabeth Warren’s Message to You

Senator Warren has a message for AFSCME members

She reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall. The elections are just around the corner.

Watch the video and pledge to vote this November.



Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s special message to AFSCME members

Posted on: September 28th, 2014 No Comments


“I’m in Washington fighting for our families. You can count on me and I’m counting on you. Shoulder-to-shoulder, that’s how we’re going to improve the lives of working people everywhere. Thanks for everything you do — we’re in this together.”

— Sen. Elizabeth Warren in a special message to AFSCME members

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

We want to share with you this special message to AFSCME members from Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren sent these remarks for AFSCME Council 31’s recent PEOPLE conference, but it is a message that speaks to us all. As Senator Warren says, “AFSCME members know the challenges working men and women face.”

While Senator Warren is not on a ballot this November, she reminds us why it’s so important that we get out to vote this fall. We need more politicians who will fight the good fight for working people. Watch the video.

Senator Warren's Message to AFSCME Members

“I believe in government and in public service. I’m tired of hearing the relentless criticism directed at government employees. I’m tired of hearing from those who want to slash your pensions. Pensions aren’t charity or some giveaway. Pensions are salaried payments that you agreed to put aside for your retirement. You earn that pension like you earn your paycheck – by working hard every single day. And you have a right to what you have earned.”

It may not seem like it, but the elections are just around the corner. We’re asking you to pledge to vote this November for elected officials who will fight for working people.

We can elect officials who will raise wages, create jobs and help working families. Or we can allow crooked politicians to give tax breaks to their CEO friends, outsource good jobs and pass anti-worker laws.

If you’re tired of politicians who scratch Wall Street’s back while turning theirs on working people, then take our pledge.

Take a stand this election. Take the pledge to support candidates who support working families.

In solidarity,


P.S. Text the word VOTE to 237263 to get the latest election news and updates!


September Member Savings

Posted on: September 8th, 2014 No Comments

Member Savings from AFSCME Advantage

Back to School Clothing Discounts

Check out AFSCME Advantage’s back to school discounts on clothing. Save 5% to 10% on union made and sweatshop free clothing here.

AFSCME Family Scholarship

Graduating high school students who are children and financially dependent grandchildren of full dues-paying AFSCME members may now apply for the AFSCME Family Scholarship. Download an application here.

Application deadline is Dec. 31.

Apply for an AFSCME Credit Card Today

Get your AFSCME-endorsed credit card today!

There are three choices available, all with competitive rates. Two of the cards offer 1.5% cash back on every purchase with no limit to the amount you can earn. Find out more about the AFSCME Card here.

Plus, after three months, exclusive hardship grants are available for eligible cardholders who face job loss, union-sanctioned strike, disability and hospitalization.*

*Certain restrictions, limitations, and qualifications apply to these grants. Read more here.

Mitch McConnell: These People


In case you missed it, we put together a one minute video of Sen. Mitch McConnell and the secret audio of his remarks to a group of billionaire right-wing donors. 

He refers to people who support raising the minimum wage or an affordable college education as “these people,” who “believe in all the wrong things.”

We think Mitch is wrong, but watch the video and judge for yourself.


Member Discounts on Car Expenses

Posted on: August 23rd, 2014 No Comments
AFSCME e-Action Network

Below are this month’s featured savings from AFSCME Advantage, a special program of discounts and savings for our members.

Member Savings from AFSCME Advantage

Union Auto Buying Service

AFSCME’s no-hassle auto buying service helps you save time and money. Get up-front pricing in three minutes from dealers around your area through our TrueCar program.

Receive a rebate up to $350 when you make a down payment or deposit with your AFSCME Credit Card on a new vehicle. Get an additional $100 rebate for purchase of a new union assembled vehicle. Find out more here.

***Members must purchase vehicles through the Auto Buying Service in order to qualify for rebates.***

Discount Goodyear Tires & Car Services

Keep your car in good shape, save money, and support your fellow labor union members with Goodyear tires and car services.

Save 10% off car service, including auto maintenance, auto parts, or 5% off preventative maintenance.

Download a Goodyear coupon here, and find out more about the UnionPlus Goodyear discount here.

The Union Plus Motor Club Difference

AFSCME members can enjoy low yearly membership fees with Union Plus Motor Club. Membership is less expensive than AAA!

For the low price of $6.90 a month, you and your entire household are covered. You can receive $40 in gas rebate vouchers when signing up for initial one year of service.

Find out more here.

To sign up for the Retiree E-Activist Network, click here.


Mark your Calendar!

Posted on: July 4th, 2014 No Comments

Fun Day – Wednesday, August 6
Annual Meeting – Tuesday, September 23

We hope you can join us for a meeting and lots of fun at Mike & Penny’s Cottage on Lake Ponderosa on Wednesday, August 6. We’ll start the fun at noon, hold a short meeting, and have pot luck at about 3:30. We’ll provide the roast turkey—please bring a dish to share. Their address is 116 Valley Road. Take Interstate 80 to Exit 182 (Grinnell Exit). Turn South on HW146. Go around Searsboro on 146 to F57 (Diamond Trail). Go east on F57 to Entrance 1 Lake Ponderosa. Turn north at Entrance #1. Follow Woodland Rd. You will pass a lumber yard. When you come to Valley Rd. turn east (right) and go to 116 Valley Rd. It is a yellow and brown cottage.

We’ll hold our Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 23, at the Machine Shed, 11151 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322 (exit #125 off I35/80, in front of Living History Farm; ph: 515-270-6818). Registration starts at 9:30am and the meeting will open at 10:00am. We need your rsvp for the annual meeting and choice for lunch in order to make the final arrangements (contact Mike Hansen or 515-282-5245). Choose either Meatloaf (French bread under grilled onions, really good meatloaf, mashed potatoes and pan roasted gravy), Stuffed Pork Loin (stuffed with the Shed’s country sage dressing, sliced and served with pan gravy), or the Vegetarian Option.

Our election of officers will be held too. Our President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and five District Vice Presidents will be elected for a one-year term. One Trustee will be elected for a three-year term. There is a one-year membership criterion to be eligible to run for office.

There will be a silent auction at the Convention to help our Chapter raise money, with lots of nice items, thanks to contributions from our Executive Board & Friends. Please bring your pocketbook!

Iowa ARA Annual Convention, Wednesday, September 17

Educate-Motivate-Activate! The Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans will hold its annual convention at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona from 9:30am to 4:30pm. There will be a special recognition Event at 5:00pm. You won’t want to miss this! Our Chapter pays the $10 registration fee, which includes lunch, for Chapter members.


ARA Convention – Las Vegas, NV

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 No Comments
AFSCME retirees formed the largest delegation – more than 150 activists – at the recent convention of the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) in Las Vegas.

AFSCME retirees formed the largest delegation – more than 150 activists – at the recent convention of the Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) in Las Vegas.


Chained CPI Dropped from White House Budget

Posted on: February 23rd, 2014 No Comments
AFSCME e-Action Network

Congratulations on a big victory!

For the last two years, AFSCME retiree-members have been fighting to protect the Social Security COLA from the chained CPI” – a proposed change in the COLA formula that would  reduce benefits. Originally a Republican idea, Pres. Obama said he’d support it if Republicans agreed to a “grand bargain” on the deficit. He even put it into consecutive budget proposals to Congress.


But not anymore. Yesterday, the president announced he will not include the chained CPI in his new budget proposal – a real victory for AFSCME retirees and other seniors who mobilized against the COLA cuts. Of course there are other budget issues still on the watch list, such as proposals to raise Part B Medicare premiums through an expanded means test. Rest assured that AFSCME will let you know if action is needed. Meanwhile, please read the “thank you” message below from the Alliance for Retired Americans to union retirees.


Ann Widger, Director

AFSCME Retirees

Congratulations and thanks!

President Obama has heeded OUR call and struck the chained CPI cut to Social Security and other programs from his 2015 budget.

The 4-million-member Alliance for Retired Americans made eliminating the chained CPI our top priority of the past year. You have been key in making that successful. Thank you.

  • Our “Human Chain against the chained CPI” events across the country paid off!
  • Our grassroots educational forums actually turned the language and understanding of the “chained CPI” into the “chained CPI benefit cut” for seniors, veterans and others
  • We will continue to do our part to educate, advocate and mobilize for retirement security for Americans who work hard and should be able to count on a secure retirement.
  • Now that the pesky chained CPI is out of the way, we can focus on the real task at hand, articulated well by members of Congress like Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), as well as Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), which is to expand Social Security so that it fits the retirement security needs of today.

Thanks so much for your confidence, support and especially activism! Together, we do make a difference!


Richard Fiesta

Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans

To sign up for the Retiree E-Activist Network, click here.


AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Legislative Conference 2014

Posted on: February 15th, 2014 No Comments
AFSCME Iowa Council 61 Online Action Center
AFSCME Iowa Council 61
Legislative Conference 2014

Legislative Conference: Day on the Hill
Monday, March 3rd
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Legislative Conference at Prairie Meadows
    Prairie Meadows, Bishop A & B
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Legislative Conference at the Iowa State Capitol
Legislative Conference Reception
Monday, March 3rd
5:00 pm -7:00 pm
Prairie Meadows, Bishop A & B

Nicole Vander



Hotel Accommodations under AFSCME:

Prairie Meadows Hotel

1 Prairie Meadows Drive

Altoona, IA  50009

(515) 957-3000


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