NARFE Legislative Hotline – June 20, 2014
Message from NARFE President Joseph A. Beaudoin
“Unlike a certain very large seniors’ organization, NARFE is a member-driven, advocacy organization. Delegates to NARFE conventions set major policy, including the legislative program for the following Congress. Pages 44-50 of the July issue of narfe magazine are devoted to NARFE’s National Convention, August 24-28 in Orlando, FL. Included in the schedule on page 47, you’ll see the NARFE-PAC Breakfast and Legislative Lunch and Learn, both on Wednesday, August 27. I urge you to come to Orlando and bring along a large measure of open-mindedness and good will.”
NARFE-PAC: On the Web and at Convention
NARFE-PAC, NARFE’s Political Action Committee, is a crucial part of our advocacy efforts. Since 1982, NARFE-PAC has helped deserving incumbents, serious challengers and pledged candidates win election to Congress. Contribution and disbursement information is provided on our website. After a successful rollout at the 2012 National Convention, our NARFE-PAC Breakfast will feature a special speaker, Dr. Aubrey Jewett, University of Central Florida associate professor of political science. The breakfast will reward NARFE-PAC’s generous and sustaining donors. To see if you qualify to attend the breakfast, please see page 46 of the July narfe magazine, or contact the legislative department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phased Retirement Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editor (LTEs) offer NARFE members the opportunity to reach crucial NARFE-eligible federal employees using daily and weekly newspapers. Phased retirement is on the minds of many active federal employees who are at or nearing retirement age, and a letter to the editor on this issue is one way to grab the attention of both prospective members and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Our LTE template needs to be personalized by any sender, and can easily be sent to newspapers in your area via the NARFE Legislative Action Center.
Consumer Prices Rise in May
On June 18, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov/cpi or 202-691-6994) reported that the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) rose to 234.216 in May, an increase of 0.33 percent from April. With four months remaining in the measurement year, the May index is 1.69 percent higher than the 2013 third-quarter average index (230.327). The 2013 third-quarter average is the reference figure for determining the 2015 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). For Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA) beneficiaries, the first five months of the calendar year have seen a 2.2 percent increase from the December 2013 index (229.174). COLAs for FECA beneficiaries are determined by each calendar year’s percentage change in the CPI-W. June consumer price indices will be released on July 22. More information is available to NARFE members on our website.
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