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Founded in 1968, now in its forty fifth year of serving retired Massachusetts public employees of the 105 public retirement systems within the Commonwealth, the Association is widely recognized as one of the strongest independent advocacy groups on Beacon Hill. From public pensions and health insurance, to federal issues such as the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision, Government Pension Offset and Medicare the Association leads the fight exclusively for all Massachusetts retired public employees. We are The Voice of the Retired Public Employee.

Adds Pressure to Growing State Budget Gap

DECEMBER 19, 2014: As reported in the January 2014 edition of the Voice, the state’s Group Insurance Commission (GIC) is grappling with a significant budget deficit for the current fiscal year.

However,...

Budget Shortfall Could Trigger Benefit Changes in 2015

NOVEMBER 21, 2014: At its monthly meeting, the state’s Group Insurance Commission discussed a growing concern for the health plan administrators, as well as our Association – a growing multimillion...

Retirees Would See Current Benefits Increased

NOVEMBER 15, 2014: This week marked the first significant development toward providing retirees with relief from the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) in several years.

On Thursday, Congressmen...

For members and their guests who are planning to attend the Northampton Meeting this Friday, please take special note that the meeting begins at 11:00.

This was the time posted in the November Voice, as well as announced on the Hotline. Unfortunately some members may have received a...

Latest Articles from The Voice

Deb Goldberg For Treasurer

Deb Goldberg For Treasurer

Long Record of Proactive Support of Retirees

July 2014 Voice: Throughout our Association’s 46-year history we have maintained a policy of supporting public officials and candidates for office who have a record of supporting public retirees. The criteria for receiving our endorsement are simple: Support and stand with public retirees through actions – not words or promises of future support.

We are proud to endorse Deb Goldberg of Brookline for the office of State Treasurer and Receiver General.

Leominster's COLA Denial For Fifth Year Unconsionable

Mayor Mazzarella Controlled Board Manipulates Funding Schedule and Treats Retirees as Second Rate

SEPTEMBER 2014 VOICE: By any fair measure, five years is a considerable amount of time. It’s half a decade, longer than a presidential or gubernatorial term in office and exceeds the time spent in high school or college. For Leominster’s retirees and survivors five years may only be the beginning of their wait for a modest and much needed cost-of-living adjustment (COLA).

Steve Kerrigan For Lt. Governor

Central Mass. Native Brings Unique Skill Set

SEPTEMBER 2014 VOICE: Born to a large Irish family well known in the Central Mass. town of Clinton, Steve Kerrigan honed his skills for grassroots activism and “helping others” at an early age. While raised in neighboring Lancaster, Kerrigan was never far from the strong sense of community that embodies Clinton and many other working class New England cities and towns.

President's Message

President's Message

Let's Deal With The Facts, Not An Agenda

July 2014 Voice: We’ve all seen the steady stream of headlines and heard the sound bites declaring public pension systems a disaster, unsustainable or a failure. To the average citizen these are examples of bloated entitlement programs run amuck. For public retirees, these reports portray a nightmare scenario in which their retirement security is in jeopardy.