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 Updated July 18, 2017 11:00pm
 
The CSEA Retiree Unit Executive Board represents 10 Retiree Districts throughout the state. The Retiree Unit provides an organized program for retirees to promote communication among all retirees and address issues that impact their lives. Members of the Retiree Unit also assist CSEA’s active membership in accomplishing their goals.   
 
2016-2017 Board of Directors 
Front row l-r: District H Director Jim Vinion, RUEB Secretary Teri Minoux, RUEB Chairman Ron Duva, District K Director Sandy Dabney, District F Director Susan Adams.

Back row l-r: District A Director Joe Rao, District I Director Jennie Batiste, District C Director Sandy Silva, District B Director Tony Lockwood, District G Director Dawn Bronsema, District D Director Beth Kieffer, District E Director Faye Lane, Staff Coordinator Nadine Franklin.              
 


RUEB CHAIR
ELECTION RESULTS!

Hi Everyone,

The results of the election for RUEB Chair are as follows:

    Ron Duva          31
    Ferral Hubbard  17

I couldn't have won this decisive victory without your help.  This win is confirmation by our retiree members of the progressive direction and action that this board together has taken over the last two years.  Together we have made positive changes to benefit our members.  We have now been given the opportunity, encouragement and support to do more.  Let's do it together!

In solidarity,  I remain your once and future Chairman,

Ron J. Duva, Chairman,
CSEA Retiree Unit Board of Directors


 Videos
Keynote speaker Carl Zilli

Closing ceremony part 1

Closing ceremony part 2

 

 
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 Chairman's Message

What It’s All About

The battle over our health care is raging.  The outcome of this current battle will affect our lives, our families’ lives and millions of Americans lives. In fact thousands may die as a result of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” if it is passed.  This new attempt to deal with our health care problem is really a thinly disguised, slow time-released poison pill, aimed at killing Medicaid and then Medicare in our country.

Consider the way this is coming about.  First President Obama gets an expansion of Medicaid passed which insures millions of Americans who were previously uninsured or uninsurable due to pre-existing medical conditions with the help of government subsidies and it’s called the Affordable Care Act. Next some Americans who didn’t like President Obama, the pigmentation of his skin, or because they were told that what they now called Obamacare was socialized medicine and demanded that it be repealed.  Consequently, President Trump was elected promising the repeal of Obamacare on his first day in office.

The Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan (fan of Ayn Rand), was overjoyed because at last he could get rid of Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.  He soon found out that getting the conservative Freedom Caucus members and the more moderate members to agree on a replacement health care bill “isn’t easy”.  Eventually the conservative members got their way and they had a great celebration at the White House in the Rose Garden with the President and sent the bill on to the Senate.

The Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, wasn’t thrilled with the bill that had been sent to him because he knew it couldn’t pass in its present form.  Then President Trump made it worse by calling it a “mean bill”.  McConnell then appointed a committee of conservative men to amend the bill behind closed doors.   He announced that there would be no debate of the bill on the floor and that he would use a Senate process that will only require 50 votes for passage.  After a disappointing headcount let him know the bill would not have enough votes to pass, he sent the senators home for the 4th of July recess.

When the senators returned home to their districts, 2 Senators, Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) participated in parades, were treated like heroes and thanked for opposing the bill.  Most of the conservative senators who supported the bill did not hold Town Hall meetings to see how their constituents felt. They were told that protesters were picketing their offices so they chose to hide out instead.

So what is it all about?  The purpose of a health care bill is to expand and provide health care for more Americans, not reduce or take it away.  The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has confirmed that the Senate bill “Better Care Reconciliation Act” would leave 22 million Americans without insurance.  By shifting the burden of costs from the government to the states, this would negatively affect the budgets of the states and the amount and quality of the care that they could provide to their citizens.  In California, there would be a cost shift from the government to the state of over $114 billion dollars.  Millions of Californians would be uninsured.  They won’t be able to afford the coverage and care they need or they would have to pay more and receive less coverage.  Like cancer or diabetes, even if these horrible diseases don’t strike you, the likelihood that they will strike someone in your family or dear to you is great.

This bill is designed to take as much money now and all the money later from Medicaid and Medicare in order to fund massive tax cuts for millionaires, drug companies, and corporations.  Tax cuts for the wealthy at your health’s expense.

If they really wanted to provide better health care, they would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices.  If they really wanted to provide better health, they would support Medicare For All.

And that’s REALLY what it’s all about!

In Solidarity,

Ron Duva



 
 
 
 
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RETIREE UNIT EXECUTIVE BOARD


Chairperson
RONALD DUVA

Secretary
TERI MINOUX

District A
JOSEPH RAO

District B
ANTHONY LOCKWOOD

District C
SANDY SILVA

District D
BETH KIEFFER

District E
FAYE LANE

District F
SUSAN ADAMS

District G
DAWN BRONSEMA

District H
JAMES VINION

District I
JENNIE BATISTE

District K
SANDY DABNEY

Coordinator
NADINE FRANKLIN