Marv

Retiree Coordinator
Marvin Bronstein K2VHW

As of October 1, 2006, I have accepted the position of Local 16 Retiree Coordinator. I realize that this is a tall order to fill but I commit myself to this task. Upon my retirement from ABC this past May I offered to be of service to whatever extent to our Union Local. I am honored to have been asked to serve and I will do so to the utmost of my ability. I realized a long time ago that those who served before me served me well and it is my turn to serve.

For those retirees who do not know me, I was hired in 1976 to fill a position in our Lodi Field Shop filling a position held before me by the late Paul Ruckdeshel. I had been working for RCA Corp. as a field service representative for the land mobile division with my two-way communications experience. After a number of years in the field shop servicing wireless systems and audio equipment the RF Operations department was formed and I became an initial part of that group. In 2002 BO&E closed that department and I was assigned to TV-24 on “The VIEW” as an audio engineer until my retirement this May. During my years in TV-24 I was the alternate Shop Steward.

Leading up to my retirement I found the process of deciding “when” and “if” very daunting. One of the thrusts I wish to take is a program to make that process easier and to provide the tools and information a prospective retiree will need to make those decisions. Another goal is to revitalize the now dormant Local 16 Retired Members Chapter. During the CWA National Convention of 2006, Resolution #1 was adopted which included doubling the number of retired members active in the chapters. Local 16’s chapter was the first such chapter within the NABET sector of CWA and we should return to being an active unit. The Retiree Members Chapters will go a long way to helping maintain dignity and justice for retirees through having a united, collective and shared effort.

As Retiree Coordinator for Local 16 I will be coordinating, interacting and assisting in retiree/retirement issues to the extent possible within my authority; as such I need input from all retirees of concerns and problems. As with any new job there will be a learning period so comments and concerns from retirees at large will play a major part in being successful.

For those with e-mail my address is retiree@nabet16.org. Postal mail may be sent to: NABET-CWA Local 16, Retiree Coordinator, NABET-CWA Local 16
229 West 28th St
Suite 402
New York, NY 10001.

As retirees and Union members we must remain alert to potential changes and particularly losses of our benefits; losses and changes influenced by political leaders and their actions. This November is a crucial mid-term election when elected leaders will determine many issues affecting retirees I urge all to carefully select candidates responsive to labor and exercise your right by voting.

A philosopher once said, Sir Winston Churchill repeated, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it”. Now we must ask, whether or not being “condemned” to repeat history is a good or bad thing. This depends on how the past is believed, as a great and worthy time of positive and seminal events or a negative time with pain and stress and disaster. Let us go forward vigilant and knowledgeable to a secure future.

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