July 15, 2015

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COARM works to empower retirees

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The union’s statewide Committee on Active Retired Membership is looking to build a stronger, more activated cohort of retiree members.

Nearly two dozen retirees from across the state came together July 15 as part of a three-day retreat that included discussions on restructuring the union’s retiree organization, political outreach activities, how to communicate better with retirees, and committee finances.

COARM Chair Jo Schaffer—pictured above, right, with Downstate Medical Center Chapter retirees Eric Russell and Sandra Harper—opened the retreat with a brief history of COARM and an explanation of role of the committee’s elected regional representatives.

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Statewide Outreach Committee Co-chair Pamela Malone—pictured above, left, with Oneonta retiree members Loraine Tyler and Rich Tyler—kicked off day two with a review of VOTE-COPE, the union’s non-partisan political action fund, and a call for retirees to participate in advocacy in Albany and at the district level. She also questioned participants on the best ways to communicate with retirees.

UUP Membership Development Officer Arty Shertzer was on hand to answer questions and provide insight on recruitment and retention of union activists.

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