Founded in 1968, now in its 52nd year of serving retired Massachusetts public employees of the 104 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.

Yes, Social Security and Medicare still need to be reformed — and soon

February 6, 2023: Washington Post Editorial

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced last week that cuts to Social Security and Medicare are “...

State treasurers warn of pension fund, 401(k) damage if debt ceiling breached


Pensions & Investments

A group of 11 state treasurers and the comptrollers of Maryland and New York City are calling on House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., "to cooperate in increasing the debt limit of...

No Deal On WEP

Congressional Budget Agreement Does Not Include Social Security Fix

December 20, 2022: Christmas did not come early for public retirees. Late last night, Mass Retirees and TRTA officials received word from Congressional leaders...

Do you remember when I said that December would be a busy month? It turns out that things have been even busier than I anticipated – which is saying something.

I have three things to...

Latest Articles from The Voice

5% COLA For State and Teacher Retirees: Local Option Pending in Senate

September 2022 Voice: During the summer of 2021, as serious signs of inflation began to become evident, Mass Retirees put a plan in place to build the case for improvements to the COLA starting in Fiscal Year 2023. These efforts paid off with the passage of a 5% COLA, signed into law by Governor Baker in late July.

Backed by historically high pension fund investment returns over the bulk of the past decade, the Association made the case for sharing the success with retirees in the form of better COLA benefits.

Likelihood of WEP & GPO Full Repeal: A Dead End!

Association Will Not Engage in Political Gamesmanship

September 1, 2022: Editorial By Frank Valeri and Shawn Duhamel

Since our founding in 1968, our Association has built a strong reputation for our honest advocacy and straightforward approach. We do not grandstand nor partake in political gamesmanship. The news we report and positions we take are based on our experience and expert analysis of the facts.



The Shift to Whole Person Health

March 2022 Voice

As healthcare costs have continued to rise, a major focus of Mass Retirees has been to look for and promote new ideas and solutions aimed at maintaining our members’ health while taking steps to keep insurance costs down. 

New WEP/GPO Proposals

New WEP/GPO Proposals

Four Bills Now Pending Before the House

Janaury 2022 Voice: Over the course of a week, spanning late October into early November, the number of bills pending before the US House of Representatives to either repeal or reform the Social Security Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) doubled. 

The introduction of two new bills to reform the WEP or fully repeal both the WEP and GPO are proof that our national efforts to draw attention to these issues are working – albeit slower than anyone would prefer!