The newest AFSCME Retirees chapter is focused on one main goal – retirement security.
Retirees from across Michigan banded together in late October to form Michigan Retirees United, AFSCME Chapter 255. They did so primarily, but not exclusively, to repel attacks to retirement programs for public service workers at the local, state and national levels.
Forming the chapter will help the more-than 3,000 members gain a strong, collective voice, according to Henry Lykes, the newly-elected president.
“Just because you’ve retired from your former position, that doesn’t mean the fight to protect the freedom you’ve earned through your retirement is over,” said Lykes, a former waste water specialist. “A statewide chapter like ours ensures that we can help our retirees build power at more than just the local level, because what happens at the governor’s mansion in Lansing impacts retirees across the state.”
AFSCME Council 25 President Lawrence Roehrig said Chapter 255’s creation was the result of years of planning and hard work.
“The attacks from the highest level of statewide elected and bureaucratic entities have proved that a statewide AFSCME Retiree army is the only way to keep the benefits promised a reality. The energy and knowledge must be maximized in every part of Michigan,” he said.