Sign Up For Our Spring Fling
Join Us For Our Las Vegas Retiree Spring Fling 2020 for an Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Band Performance
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Showtime: 8 p.m. **
** You must pick up your tickets from Rich Miller in the lobby at 7:30 p.m.
Smith Performing Arts Center
at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz
361 Symphony Park Avenue
Las Vegas, NV 89106
SHOW ADMISSION: $31.00 per person
(Payment must be sent to the UFTWF Retiree Programs. Look for the Registration Flyer in your mail)
Serpentine Fire an exciting tribute act to the most famous band in the world - Earth, Wind & Fire. It was formed by lead singer Tyriq Johnson who had a vision to honor a band with great style and music that stood the test of time. The band has been around for four years and brings the sounds of Earth, Wind & Fire to you like no other. They have performed at special events around the city and various Las Vegas and Florida venues.
You will truly enjoy yourself, guaranteed!
Randi Urges Members To Help Choose Our Next President
This week’s Democratic debate made what I’ve been saying for months even clearer: This is the most important election of our lifetimes. It’s not only that our democracy hangs in the balance, it’s whether working families, not just the rich, will have a pathway to a better life. That’s why voting in the caucus is so important. You have an opportunity to have a real voice in what happens in our country, and to choose the candidate you believe has the best chance of making our country work for everyone and beating President Trump.
I urge you to take the time to register and vote.
What these candidates are fighting for stands in stark contrast to what Donald Trump has done: Every Democrat has a plan to make healthcare more affordable and accessible, while Trump has spent three years trying to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Trump has cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, kicked kids and families off SNAP benefits, and proposed cuts to Social Security, while the candidates have put forward plans to help working families.
Trump attacks our public schools despite the fact that 90 percent of America’s children attend them—while the candidates have pledged to strengthen public schools, and each candidate has proposed investments in schools and teachers. Trump disparagingly refers to public schools as “government schools,” to plant doubt in our public institutions and make voters wary of the government’s role in educating our children. And as the president sowed the seeds of division, the House of Representatives passed the Protecting the Right to Organize Act, which would remove barriers for workers who want to form unions.
Trump is fighting against you, while the Democrats have real plans to help.
We must choose what we want for the future of our country and who is best positioned to win in 2020. While our union decided to wait on an endorsement of one candidate, we will do everything in our power to help the three candidates our members have shown the most support for: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
As a civics teacher, I taught about the importance of voting and the right to vote. It’s democracy in action, and democracy isn’t a spectator sport—it’s all about participation. Show up, no matter who you choose to vote for. Because our democracy is stronger when we all participate.
UFT Las Vegas Retiree Chapter Recognized For Its Accomplishments
Be sure to go to:
The UFT Newspaper featured the work and activism of our Chapter. Thanks to you we have received the recognition our members justly deserve. This acknowledgement is especially appropriate as we share in celebrating our 60th birthday as an organization.
Alliance For Retired Americans Releases Congressional Voting Record
ARA just released its 2019 Congressional Voting Record. It looks at 10 key votes every senator and representative took last year that affected retirement security.
Click to see how your senators and representatives in Washington voted. Go to:
Did they vote to protect people with pre-existing conditions? Did they vote for lower prescription drug prices?
Did they vote to protect pensions? Did they vote to protect seniors from scams?
Find out who was on the side of older Americans.
ARA publishes this report every year, so you have the facts you need to hold your elected officials accountable for their votes. Please share it with your friends and neighbors so they have the facts too.
State of the Union: Retiree Issue Falsehoods
President Trump mentioned several retiree issues during his State of the Union address
Tuesday night, and what he said was inaccurate.
● The president claimed he won’t cut Social Security and Medicare, but he already has.
● He said drug prices are lower, but each year they have increased. In 2020 the
average increase is 5%.
● He claimed people with pre-existing health conditions have been protected.
To separate fact from fiction, download a copy of the Alliance’s FACT CHECK. Go to:
“President Trump wants us to believe he has protected Social Security and
lowered drug prices, and looked out for those with pre-existing conditions, but the facts say
otherwise,” said Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance. “We urge retirees to
make sure their friends and neighbors have the right information about the most important
issues to them.”
Randi Alerts Us To Fight For Public Schools
The Supreme Court is hearing a crucial case today, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, that may be disastrous for both public education and religious liberty, and I want to make sure you know what is happening.
The issue in Espinoza is whether vouchers and tax credits for religious schools can be mandated, even in the 38 states that have constitutions requiring public dollars go to public schools. The Supreme Court could overturn 200 years of precedent and upend religious liberty and the separation of church and state. This right-wing-backed case is challenging the law in Montana that prevents the state from funding religious schools.
Just like Janus v. AFSCME two years ago, Espinoza is a case intended to use the Supreme Court’s emerging conservative majority to advance a right-wing agenda—in Janus, it was an assault on labor and, here, it is an assault on public education. The Espinoza case is supported by anti-public education forces, like the DeVos family, that are focused on privatizing the tax dollars that should be invested in the public schools that 90 percent of our students attend.
We won’t know the court’s decision in Espinoza for many months, but I want to make sure that the public knows what’s going on. Will you take a moment to share this article about the case on Facebook or Twitter?
As a person of faith, I’m deeply worried about the considerable impact this case could have. Our freedom to practice our religion comes from the free exercise clause of our Constitution and the concept of separation of church and state. As our brief in the case lays out, legislative history makes clear the framers never intended to require public funding of religious institutions or schools. In fact, that’s exactly what the free exercise clause and the separation of church and state were intended to prevent.
The framers were rightly concerned that public funding of religion would entangle the government in the functioning of religious institutions and would undermine freedom of religion. The free exercise clause is what ensures and enshrines Americans’ freedom to practice the religion of their choice by keeping the government out of those decisions. That is how we became a nation of citizens who are deeply religious and who hold diverse faiths and views.
This case is also a blatant attack on public education. It’s being spearheaded by the Institute for Justice, which has collected tens of millions of dollars from the Waltons, the DeVoses, Charles Koch and other wealthy right-wing donors. They are bankrolling this effort as a backdoor attempt to get the Supreme Court to impose the failed DeVos agenda of private school vouchers nationwide.
We know that in previous cases, Chief Justice John Roberts did not embrace this type of radical rewriting of our Constitution. But the right wing has been stealthy in how it’s operated here, knowing that the court is acutely aware of public opinion. We need to make sure that teachers, students, parents, school staff, and all allies who believe in public education understand and are speaking out about the ramifications of this case.
The Supreme Court should respect the Constitution’s clear lines ensuring religious liberty by keeping church and state separate. That means it must not mandate public support for religious schools.
Click one of these tweets to share it on Twitter:
#Espinoza could encroach on religious liberty. It will encroach on states’ ability to put public dollars for public purposes. The issues are well beyond education - @rweingarten https://prospect.org/education/supreme-court-case-could-mandate-funding-for-religious-schoo/
We should be investing in schools to #FundOurFuture. But anti-public education groups are going to #SCOTUS to try and force vouchers on the US.
Religious liberty is a core American value.
So is the separation of church and state. #Espinoza https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/01/21/do-you-want-your-tax-dollars-fund-religious-education-you-shouldnt/
Take Action: End Threats to Social Security Disability Benefits
The Trump administration is preparing a new rule that is expected to deny Social Security
benefits for many people with disabilities. The supposed rationale for changing the current
review process is to increase efficiency, although it will erect new hurdles for beneficiaries who rely on these benefits. Social Security is best known as a retirement program. However, earned Social Security disability and survivor benefits are essential to 8 million Americans with severe disabilities, including 600,000 veterans.
It’s time to fight back. Click here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/take-action-tell-the-trump-administration-hands-off-ssdi-benefits?source=direct_link& .
Tell the Trump Administration, “I oppose the proposed rule change that will result in hundreds of thousands of Americans losing their earned Social Security Benefits.”
UFT To Partner with 2020 Census
The census is much more than just a head count. It provides a picture of our nation that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals and businesses; how federal funding is distributed; and how congressional seats are apportioned. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That's why an accurate count is so important. Also that's why the UFT is asking members to get involved.
There are job opportunities for our retirees. If interested in applying or volunteering, apply online at: 2020census.gov/jobs .
Here is a job posting to share:
US Census Job Vacancies_Regional Technicians_Clark County_$42,551 to $98,126 per year
The US Census Bureau has few Regional Technician vacancies in Clark County. Below is the link and details about the job opportunity.
Here is the Job Announcement:
The individual selected for this position will: Provide training when required to staff, including on-site assistance as necessary. Provide technical and administrative guidance to managers of the Area Census Offices (ACO) in order to assure timely, orderly and efficient conduct of Decennial operations.
Carmen Alvarez Newest Addition To Las Vegas UFT Retiree Staff
If you were teaching in special education before retirement you might know Carmen Alvarez, UFT VP for special education.
With the growth of our retiree Chapter, the UFT has enlisted the assistance of Carmen, recently retired UFT VP, to support us. She has generously agreed to assist Rich Miller, UFT Retiree Coordinator, from New York City.
Many of your questions or problems that come up require answers from an expert at the UFT offices. If you have a question or need any assistance you now have another contact to lean on. She is readily available by e-mail at: Calvarez@UFT.org and by phone at: 212 598 9546. Please make note of this contact information.
With her years of leadership experience, and proximity to the UFT offices, we are indeed fortunate to have her join the leadership of our Retiree Chapter.
New Dentist Joins UFT Welfare Dental Program
If you are looking for a Dentist accepting the UFT SIDS Program under our Cigna program, take a moment to check our newest listing:
Dr. Vuong Do, DDS
Red Hills Dental
9770 S. Maryland Pkwy #8
Las Vegas, NV 89183
(next to Chase Bank)
Office Ph # 702 463-7300
Fax # 702 754 0229
Note Change Of E-mail Address For Rich
Due to hacking of the account, please note the change of address is now: email@example.com.
If you need to contact him, you still can call his cell# 702 287 7129 and send an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep these contact numbers handy.