A Historical Perspective-2016-2018
We started as a Nationwide Activist Group of BOTH Salaried & Hourly/Union GE Retirees & Dependents. Recently, we have authorized the expansion of our Membership to active GE Employees getting closer to retirement.
There are many Strategies & Initiatives we have accomplished, and of course, many more on the horizon—Letter Campaigns/Petitions, Lawsuit Reviews & Updates, Rally’s, Healthcare Surveys, Communications—Newsletters, Benefits Advocate, a Formal Website; we have also implemented many tools—ZOOM Audio/Video/Telephone Conferencing—to have Leadership Team Meetings & General Membership Meetings—since we are a Nationwide group; Survey Monkey—A survey tool to collect data on Healthcare, and other uses; the Action Network—to post Petitions, Letters Campaigns, Email Campaigns, and to maintain an Email Distribution List; a Formal Website—with many communication tools & functions, and specialized pages for our Members. We have endorsed, and implemented many on Benefit Plans to help our Members save costs—i.e.-Prescriptions Plan—Rx Help Centers; Dental/Vision Plans; and Medicare/Medicare, Part D & Medicare Advantage Plans.
Since we started in April of 2016, we have come a long way.
We have grown from a social media site (Facebook page) to a formally organized, structured organization—now called RAGEHCC—Retirees Against GE HealthCare Changes. We have completed our Elections, and formalized our By-Laws. We have set up a Bank Account to handle our financials, and also set up a PayPal account to receive deposits and send monies. We are bonded (protected) our Financials through Eberts & Harrison Insurance Company. We have received our IRS Tax ID Number, as a Non-Profit Organization. We, initially, had tried to organize, and be Chartered, under the “umbrella” of the CWA Retiree Council, but that didn’t work out due to too many restrictions on our Salaried members. We then looked at some Senior Councils—i.e.-Mass Senior Council; but again…that failed to materialize; also, We approached a large organization—called ProtectSeniors.org…again without success.
So, we decided to become a stand-alone Non-Profit Incorporation—we Incorporated on May 22, 2017 in the State of Kansas. We have recently filed for 501-C-3 Tax-Exempt Status with the IRS—1/15/2018.
The organization of our Facebook Page—called Retirees Against GE Changes to Healthcare, began on April 22, 2016—our beginning. Our first logo was—
We started to formulate and organize, our formal RAGEHCC Group—with our website—August 8, 2016. This was followed by our Procurement of our EIN—Employer Identification Number—on September 6, 2016; the Election of Officers—October 26, 2016, and By-Laws adoption—November 10, 2016. So, I will call November 10, 2016 the official birthdate of RAGEHCC. Our logo was changed to—
We became a stand-alone Non-Profit Incorporation—RAGEHCC Group Inc.—we Incorporated on May 22, 2017 in the State of Kansas.
We decided to change our logo again—to “Solutions” and offer Benefit Plans, our Benefits Advocacy position was initiated, continuing Communications & Surveys—Data Collection, & so much more! We decided we needed to change our image to one of— “Being Part of the Solution for our Retirees/Dependents, and Active Employees approaching retirement, NOT part of the problem!”
The NEW Solutions Logo— Happened around May of 2017.
And Yes, we will always defend and protect, all your Retiree/Dependent Benefits—Corporate Retiree Healthcare, Corporate Pensions, Social Security & Medicare—this aspect of RAGEHCC is called Activism. It is not going away!
We have recently filed for 501-C-3 Tax-Exempt Status with the IRS—January 15, 2018.
We really hope everyone has seen how far we have come, and how much we have accomplished, and how our hard work has benefitted all of you. Now that we are formally organized as RAGEHCC—Retirees Against GE HealthCare Changes; we are ready to renew our commitment to our Strategies & Initiatives—to put continued pressure on GE to change its position regarding Retiree Healthcare changes.
The Retiree Healthcare Lawsuits were filed – Case # 2:14-cv-01358-LA –Salaried Lawsuit Filed— Kauffman et al v. General Electric Company; Lynn Adelman, presiding; Date filed: 10/28/2014; in Wisconsin Federal District Court; Case Dismissed—6/15//2017. Case # 4:15-cv-02301-BYP – Hourly Lawsuit Filed—IUE-CWA, et al v. General Electric Company; Benita Y. Pearson, presiding; Federal District Court—Ohio; Date filed: 11/09/2015; Date terminated: 07/28/2017; Date of last filing (Appeal): 08/30/2017.
Even though the Lawsuits were dismissed (Hourly Lawsuit Appealed—8/25/2017)…We still strongly support an increased RRA—Retiree Reimbursement Account; a fair & equitable solution that gives ALL Retirees & Their Dependents the RRA; the inclusion of every class of GE Retirees & Dependents (i.e. those that were on disability retirements at the time, the elderly that did not manage to complete their applications on time, Retirees/Dependents that did not meet the “qualifications and restrictive time period set,” etc.)
We can only accomplish all this through the involvement of each and every one of you. We need you to contribute in any way you can—time, effort, activism, the sharing of your gifts and talents, and of course—financially.
Our Membership Drive for 2018 is currently going on. It has 2 components—Membership Growth, and Fiscal Responsibility—we need everyone, that can…to please Contribute to our cause; by making your 2018 Donation today!
Please make your commitment today—
To Register (Join Us) at our RAGEHCC website—please go here–> http://ragehcc.org/wp-login.php?action=register
To Submit Your 2018 Membership Dues, Please Go Here–> http://ragehcc.org/fundraising/
“Evil Can ONLY Triumph, when GOOD Men/Women Do Nothing!”
Your RAGEHCC Executive Board:
John Phelps—President – 518-235-5068; Email— firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Poland—Vice President— 603-957-0705; Email— email@example.com
Melody Jackson—Secretary/Benefits Advocate— 260-438-5483; Email— firstname.lastname@example.org
Connie Vick—Treasurer— 620-222-1656; Email— email@example.com
Pam Shipley—Trustee – 513 633-3559; Email— firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlie Baumgartner—Trustee – 860-677-6372; Email— email@example.com
David McIntosh—Trustee – 502 968-3259; Email—firstname.lastname@example.org
Rodney Ira—Committee Chair— 812 824-4354; Email— email@example.com
Terry Cain—Assigned—Assistant Benefits Advocate (Non-Board) – 812-989-1866; Email– firstname.lastname@example.org