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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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Join me for an important conference call

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 No Comments

Join U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and the Alliance for Retired Americans for a special conference call on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm EST.

Dear Friend,
Thank you and congratulations.
As I hope you know, you have been part of a successful effort to prevent major cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  Your help is much appreciated.
In November, a number of grass-roots organizations came together and presented Congress with a petition signed by you and more than 700,000 other Americans.  The petition was clear:  Do not cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.  Do not balance the budget on the backs of some of the most vulnerable people in this country — the elderly, the children, the sick and the poor.

And guess what happened?
Despite an intense and well-orchestrated effort from some of the most powerful special interests in the country;
Despite the expenditure of hundreds of millions of dollars from Wall Street billionaires and their lobbyists;
Despite support from almost every Republican in Congress and some Democrats;
Despite the never-ending carping from the corporate media that Social Security “is bankrupt” and that we need “entitlement reform;”
While the budget agreement to prevent government shut-downs and partially end sequestration was far weaker than I had wanted, it did not include any cuts to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid.   Why?  Because you, and hundreds of thousands of other Americans across the political spectrum — Democrats, Republicans, Independents — were loud and clear!  You made members of Congress an offer they couldn’t refuse.  You told them that you were following what was going on in Washington and that if they cut these life and death programs they would face a heavy political price.  You participated in a grass-roots political process — and you made a difference.

The very good news is that we showed that when ordinary Americans stand together we can defeat some of the most powerful political forces in the country.  The bad news is that our opponents are not going away, they are not giving up. They have huge financial resources at their disposal, hundreds of well-paid lobbyists and members of Congress prepared to do their bidding.  And their agenda remains the same.  Cut Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid.  No increase in the minimum wage.  No jobs program to lower unemployment.  More tax breaks for the rich and large corporations.

Where do we go from here?  How do we work together to demand that Congress creates national priorities that protect the interests of the middle class, and not just the millionaires and billionaires?  How do we create an economy and governmental programs that work for working families and the most vulnerable Americans, and not just Wall Street and big corporations?

Please join me, the Alliance for Retired Americans, and other coalition partners on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm EST for a telephone conference discussion as to how we protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and create an agenda that works for all Americans, and not just powerful special interests.

In 2014 we are not just playing defense.  We are not just working to protect Social Security, but expand Social Security and other programs that a disappearing middle class desperately needs.
Please join me on Monday, January 27, 2014 at 8:00pm EST for a discussion on these issues and more.  Thank you for all that you do.


U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders

Alliance for Retired Americans | 815 16th Street, NW | Washington, DC 20006 |


Are you concerned about hunger in Iowa, globally? Join us 10/15

Posted on: October 1st, 2013 No Comments
AARP(R) Iowa
Attend the Oct.15th Iowa Hunger Summit
AARP is proud to partner again this year with the World Food Prize Foundation to celebrate Iowa’s heritage of humanitarian action at the 2013 Iowa Hunger Summit, on Tuesday, October 15. The summit kicks off the annual series of World Food Prize events in Des Moines.

The 7th Annual Iowa Hunger Summit is free and open to all Iowans interested in making a difference about hunger in their communities, the state and around the world.  Annually more than 600 concerned Iowans have gathered at the summit to discuss hunger initiatives, share best practices, learn new strategies, and discover new ways to get involved to fight hunger here and abroad.  AARP leaders will be featured this year announcing results of a new statewide hunger survey.

Register for a Full Day of Events – It’s All Free!

New this year, summit participants can take time during the day to package meals, and afterwards join a screening of “A Place at the Table,” followed by an interfaith prayer service.

2013 Iowa Hunger Summit
Tuesday, October 15

8:00 am – 3:00 pm – Summit program
6:00 pm – “A Place at the Table” 
8:00 pm – Interfaith Prayer Service
Where: Downtown Des Moines Marriott
601 Grand Ave.
Des Moines, IA 50309

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Registration is required. Please
register online.*

*This is a not an AARP event.  Any information you provide to the host organization will be governed by the host organization’s privacy policy. 

Registration includes all presentations and breakout sessions, morning refreshments, and the annual “Hunger Luncheon,”
featuring meals by hunger fighting organizations and an inspiring keynote
The World Food Prize established the Iowa Hunger Summit
to celebrate Iowa’s great successes in fighting hunger and poverty and to unite
in further action against both. First held in 2007, the Summit brings together leaders from across Iowa
representing community organizations, business and industry, state and local
government, social agencies, churches and religious communities, schools and
universities, and those who lead or participate in projects to confront

 If you are passionate about hunger or involved in fighting hunger in your community, you won’t want to miss the 2013 Iowa Hunger Summit. Sign up online now!  Registration is free, but seating is limited, so reserve your place at this important event now.

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