Bulletin Board

This page provides additional information or elaborations of matters that may or may not have been presented at Monthly Members Meetings. It is updated near the beginning of each month, after each Members Meeting, and otherwise as new information becomes available.

September Bulletin Board entries:

• Announcements from Vice-President Dave Rolston:

A.  Today’s regular meeting of Sub-chapter 161 defined two action areas.
1.    Illinois is divided into 5 Supreme Court Voting Districts. We will support the election of (2) Supreme Court nominees Mary K. O’Brien in the 3rd Supreme Court District & Elizabeth Rochford in the 2nd Supreme Court District. We’ll do this by phone banking & continuing to send post cards to union members in these districts, and we ask you to join the effort. Contact:  http://afscmeretirees161@gmail.com.
     These justices support keeping our pension protections in the Illinois State Constitution.That’s the main reason we defeated various right wing attempts to cut either our pensions or our benefits or both!
     The 3rd District is west & south, including DuPage, Will, Kankakee,  Grundy, LaSalle, Iroquois & Bureau Counties. The 2nd District is further west & north, including Kane, Kendall, Dekalb, McHenry & Lake Counties.
    We also support the “retention’ vote for Mary Jane Theis in the 1st Supreme Court District, which is Chicago &  Cook County. Justice Theis has served 10 years, thus requiring a ‘retention ‘vote. She also supports pension protections in the State Constitution.  
2. Council 31 also supports passing the Workers’ Rights Amendment to the State Constitution. This firmly protects current & future union members from threats, intimidation or unfair treatment when they opt to unionize. We will phone bank & also go door to door to promote its passage. 
B. Announcement:   Remembering Dave Seiberling.
Shannon Seiberling told us Dave passed on Sept. 10th. Dave asked that we celebrate him by hoisting a few drinks in his memory at The Celtic Knot Pub.,626 Church St, Evanston. Date- Sunday, Oct 23, 5pm to 8pm. 

• Materials from Alliance for Retired Americans

Money-Saving Programs

Pro Act

Workers’ Rights Amendment

Social Security and Medicare

Protecting the Right to Vote

Oppose the TRUST Act

Inflation Reduction Act and Presciption Drug Prices

Expanding Social Security


Social Security 2100: A Sacred Trust Act



July Bulletin Board entries:

• Register now for the Alliance’s 2022 National Membership Meeting

Members of the Alliance for Retired Americans will hold their quadrennial National Meeting virtually on July 27-28 from 1 to 5 PM Eastern Time. National leaders in the fight to strengthen and expand retirement security will address the meeting, and officers will be elected.

 The National Meeting will also consider new Alliance resolutions which guide the Alliance’s policy positions, and there will be interactive workshops to help prepare for the critical 2022 midterm elections.

Please click here to register for the Zoom meeting 2022 National Meeting of the Alliance for Retired Americans, July 27-28, 12-4 Central time. The registration deadline is July 15, 2022. 

Louis Goseland (he//him)

Executive Director

Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans
2229 S Halsted St. | Chicago, IL 60608



June Bulletin Board entries:

. May Bulletin Board entries:

 • Announcement from Council 31:

     Let’s vote together!

• Announcement from Diane Stokes and John Metz:
___For latest information on Covid 19 pandemic including how to get free tests, go to Covid.gov

• Announcement from Vice-President Dave Rolston (5/12):
     “Progressive Candidates in New US Ill.3rd Congressional Democratic Primary”

• Announcement from Vice-President Dave Rolston (5/18):
     Report on People’s Conference

• Report by Mike McHugh, AFSCME Local 3506:
     People Conference report
__Flyer supporting Workers Rights Amendment



April Bulletin Board entries:

• From Louis Goseland, Illinois Alliance for Retired Americans:

Older Americans Month Virtual Town Halls
• Congresswoman Lauren Underwood: May 3rd, 9:30 AM
• Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky: May 9th, 11:00 AM
Click here to register for the IARA Older American’s Month Virtual Town Halls!

• From the Illinois Labor History Society:

Multiple Labor History events April 28 through May, 21, 2022. See the events page for details! April 28 in Marseilles; April 30 in Bloomington; May 1 in Chicago Haymarket Square and in Mt. Olive, Illinois; Mother Jones birthday party, Chicago May 1; May 14-15 Pullman Railroad days; May 16, author visit, Roosevelt U.; and, May 21, Republic Steel commemoration.
Click here to go to the website.


Endnotes from Members Meeting of April 20, 2022

• Fran Tobin, Alliance for CommunityServices

2-Day Organizing Training, May 18-19, 2pm – 6pm (on zoom)

Click here for further information and registration.

• President Diane Stokes reported on People meeting

Key AFSCME Roll Calls (2021-22)



Meeting of March 16, 2022

• Fran Tobin, Alliance for CommunityServices

Town Hall on the call for an elected Board of Trustees at Chicago City Colleges
March 26, 4pm Click on this link to register


• Samantha McClain, from the Workers’ Rights Campaign
Click here to view a presentation on the Workers’ Rights Amendment.
Click here for information on mobilizing to get the Workers’ Rights referendum on the ballot.


• Dave Rolston, Subchapter 161 Vice-president

Invited members to join a “Welcoming & Entertainment Club” within Subchapter161.

“Join The Welcoming & Entertainment Club in Sub-Chapter 161. Meet new retiree members & have fun singing & doing skits. Contact Dave Rolston at free2yodle@gmail.com or (218) 355-8416″.


Past and/or ongoing causes:

• Supporting the call for an elected board of trustees at Chicago City Colleges (CCC);

• Supporting The Alliance for Community Services in their campaign to “Say No to Privatize Medicare”; Click here for further information.

• Supporting the Illinois Family Caregiver Act;

We encourage all 161 Sub-Chapter members to act with enlightened self-interest by calling their state rep & state senator,  asking them to support
House bIll HB 1766 & Senate bill SB 293 which fund HOME HEALTH CARE WORKERS: Request Rep/Senator support for the full $6 Million appropriation.
Click here to view a one page summary of the family caregiver act

• Encouraging our members to call the AFSCME hotline at 877-890-2056 to tell their lawmakers to support Governor Pritzker’s plan to protect our pensions;



From Members Meeting, February 16, 2022

Information from Louis Goseland:

ARA ZOOM TRAININGThe Alliance will be hosting a Zoom training Thursday, February 24th at 3CST that will cover the basics, best practices, and tips and tricks for using Zoom. This training is open to all, so please share the invite email going out next week with your members and anyone who is interested. Click here to register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

PRITZKER’S BUDGET & PENSIONS Chicago Sun Times Article on Pritker’s budget and pension proposal 


Click here to view the ARA’s position on a piece of legislation introduced in 2021 to repeal WEP/GPO. Linked here is the latest effort to raise the income cap eligible for Social Security tax. 


Click here to view a one page summary of the family caregiver act that I mentioned. 


Click here to view a presentation on the Workers’ Rights Amendment. Please contact me if you would be interested in arranging for a presentation to educate and mobilize your members on this. 

PRIORITY IL STATE SUPREME COURT RACES: IL Supreme 2: Dekalb, Kane, McHenry, Lake, Kendall

IL Supreme 3: Dupage, Will, LaSalle, Bureau, Grundy, Iroquois, Kankakee

Please contact me if you would like me to arrange a presentation on what is at stake in these two races and what people can do to get involved. 

Information from Diane Stokes:

Click here to view the Video by former Labor Secretary Robert Reich on efforts to unionize Starbuck’s.


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