Southern Fairfield County Retired Teachers Association

Southern Fairfield Retired Teacher Association serving Darien, Greenwich, New Canann, Norwalk, Stamford, Weston, Westport, Wilton


Important, Strategic Action Needed for SS Fairness. You can help now!

Social Security support groups are beginning to align their messages toward making the Social Security system stronger and fairer. Right now is a perfect time to tell these groups that in order to make the system fair to all, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) must be repealed!

Please use the quick link below to email your Congressman and Senators:


Newsletter - Feburary 2014

President's Message
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Retired teachers' health insurance continues to be an area of great concern to the SFCRTA. The original intent of the TRB Health Insurance Premium Account (HIP A) was to defray the cost of health insurance premiums for retired teachers. The State promised to contribute an estimated one-third of this cost. The remainder was to be paid by educators, active and-retired.

  • 53,000 active teachers contribute 1.25 of their salary into HIPA. 
  • 33,000 retired teachers contribute their premium share (this year approximately $125.00 per month.)

The State's budget for fiscal year 2014 and FY 2015 reduces their share from one-third to one-fourth. This is a reduction of 21.6 million dollars. In addition, the State made a statute change which enables them to use the federal reimbursements received by the TRB (under the retiree drug subsidy provisions) to offset the amount they contribute. These federal funds would normally go directly into HIPA, but now the State is using these monies as part of their one-fourth contribution. This is an additional reduction of 28.1 million dollars; in total a two year reduction of 49.7 million dollars from the state.

The State is not contributing its promised share into HIPA and the fund is projected to be in jeopardy in the future. When the time is appropriate, we will be asking you to contact your State legislators to rectify this situation. Stay tuned and please try to recruit new members to the SFCRTA. There is strength in numbers.

Frank Cooper, President

Save the dates

• April 10, 10:30 a.m., General Membership Meeting, Guest Speaker Darlene Perez, Administrator of the Teachers' Retirement Board
• June 11, Luncheon at the Continental Manor in Norwalk, Guest Speaker James Stirling, CEO Stirling Benefits


Help us to help you!
Here’s how:


Safeguarding your pension Communicating with Denise Nappier, State Treasurer, Darlene Perez, TRB Director and State legislators.


Come to the April 10 meeting to hear from Darlene Perez.

Protecting health
insurance and
HIPA health

Communicating with TRB and
State legislators.

Be prepared to contact TRB to
promote quality insurance
Coverage for retirees .


Federal benefits
WEP/GPO repeal


Collaborating with national efforts to
repeal policies which limit Social
Security benefits.


Contact your Senators and
Representatives in Washington.


Staying informed
about issues


Communicating with State legislators
and the TRB. Disseminating
information to the members of


Go to www.


If there is an envelope in this mailing, according to our records, you have not joined for the 2014 calendar year. Your payment of $15 dues allows SFCRTA to continue to address the issues facing retirees and to keep you informed. Please join us!



Repeal The GPO

Action Alert #58 – Remind Mr. Obama!

Jan 21, 2014 11:44 am | SS Fairness

Social Security Works sent out a reminder that we have to continue the fight against the Chained CPI:

“Last year, President Obama put a Social Security cut called the Chained CPI in his budget. Since
then Americans from all political stripes are calling for Social Security to be expanded—not cut. The
question is: will President Obama listen? The State of the Union address will be January 28th, and
the President will preview his agenda for this year—an agenda to which he’ll attach dollar values in
his budget.”

This is also a timely reminder from for us to include the President in our own lobbying. Here is a link
to the President’s comment page. Please copy and paste the wording below into their “Comment”

Click for sample letter: Repeal the GPO.pdf


2013 Holiday Luncheon

Announcing the 2013 Annual
Southern Fairfield County Retired Teacher's Association
Holiday Luncheon!


Tuesday, December 10th 2013
Continental Manor
112 Main Street, Norwalk CT
10:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.
Admission: $36 per person with choice of meal and cash bar.

Speaker: Darlene Perez, Administrator, Retired Teacher's Bureau.
    Please RSVP by November 27th Using this attached form (.doc), and kindly bring one unwrapped toy for boy or girl ages 2-12 to be donated to the Salvation Army.


Social Security Information

Did you know that 1/3 of all teachers risk being penalized by GPO and WEP in retirement, losing some or all the Social Security benefits for which they or their spouse paid the required Social Security taxes?

If you work in a government job where you are not allowed to pay into Social Security, you risk being penalized by GPO and/or WEP.

Visit the Committee for Social Security Fairness page for more information.

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Do you remember you had "Permanent certification and a guaranteed COLA for your pension? Help us help you to maintain your benefits in the future. Your valued membership has allowed us to push forward strong Legislative support for retired teacher's benefits.

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