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November 13, 2023

Dear AFTW Retiree Council Member

We at AFT-Wisconsin Retiree Council would be pleased to have you as a continuing member of our organization.  We Continue to be committed to our motto of Lifelong Unionism.  Annual membership dues of $20 for 2024 annual dues are now due.  You also have the option of becoming a life member for a one-time payment of $200. 

Your retiree council met via ZOOM on Thursday, October 26, 2023, for our annual meeting prior to the AFT Wisconsin Convention. Jim Newton shared crucial information about Medicare and Medicare supplements as a keynote


Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


Wisconsin Coalition of Annuitants (WiCOA)

The 2023 WiCOA Annual Convention was held virtually on May 11and May 18.  Much of the Convention was taped and can be seen on their website at:

You might want to pay particular attention to the video on  "Medicare Advantage:  What is it Really and Why Should Annuitantants Care?"  The presenter, Dr. Ed Weisbart, is the Chair of Physicians For a National Health Program, and he's very knowledgeable about the Medicare Advantage program.  

Minocqua Joint Finance Committee Meeting

Minocqua Joint Finance Committee Hearing

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

WHERE: Lakeland Union High School Theatre, 9573 State Highway 70, Minocqua, WI 54548

Problems with Medicare Advantage

July 27, 2022.  Government Watchdogs Attack Medicare Advantage for Denying Care and Overcharging (from WI Association of Retired Americans)

"Congress should crack down on Medicare Advantage health plans for seniors that sometimes deny patients vital medical care while overcharging the government billions of dollars every year, government watchdogs told a House panel Tuesday."…

Randi Weingarten and NYC teacher Tamara Simpson

Attacks on public education in America by extremists and culture-war peddling politicians have reached new heights (“lows” may be more apt), but they are not new. The difference today is that the attacks are intended not just to undermine public education but to destroy it.