A writer must “know and have an ever-present consciousness that this world is a world of fools and rogues… tormented with envy, consumed with vanity; selfish, false, cruel, cursed with illusions… He should free himself of all doctrines, theories, etiquettes, politics…” —Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?). “The nobility of the writer's occupation lies in resisting oppression, thus in accepting isolation” —Albert Camus (1913-1960). “What are you gonna do” —Bertha Brown (1895-1987).
Retirees and Current Teachers: If You Are Not a Member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, You Should Be
“...[T]oday is the day
that TRS deposits our next pension payment. More importantly, this
February pension payment is the first one of 2019 to include our annual 3%
raise, if you’re over the age of 60, of course.
“Speaking on behalf of the IRTA, I’d like to remind you that it
was the leadership of this organization that saved your yearly 3% cola when the
state legislature voted to restrict it several years ago. It was the IRTA
lawsuit in the case, Heaton vs. Quinn that ultimately guaranteed our retirement
“Without the efforts of the IRTA we would be poorer and our
futures less assured. So, as a reminder, if you haven’t yet paid your 2019 IRTA annual dues, now is a
great time to do so. With that in mind, remember that you can save $10.00
a year by switching over to dues deduct by going to
the new and improved IRTA website.
“And when you run into retired school colleagues [and current teachers], ask them to
join the IRTA, if they haven’t done already. After all, we belong
to the only state-wide organization solely dedicated to protecting the
retirement benefits promised to us by the state…”
Thank you for your membership.
IRTA Membership Committee, Chair
Joining or Renewing IRTA Membership is Easy.Just click here on your
phone, tablet or computer! P.S. To all current teachers, We are smart enough to know that the attacks on our pensions will never end. The IRTA is also protecting your future retirement pension! Please join too. Thank you.