July 2012

BCARTW Launches New Website

The BC Association of Retired Telecommunications Workers (BCARTW) has launched an updated website, www.bcartw.ca. We want to make this website a place where retired members of the TWU come to share stories, photos, and other information.

We all have funny, hilarious, or touching stories from our days at work. There are many human interest stories. We have members who have excelled in community service, sports, leadership, or who, in so many other ways, have made a difference in the lives of others.

This can be a place where people come to reconnect with old friends or perhaps, make new friends. Throughout the year, many groups get together at retirement parties, reunion luncheons, dinners, picnics, and other gatherings. We welcome you to share these events with us. We can post the notices on our website and calendar of events. After the event, we can post the stories and photos on our site.

In short, this site can be a fun, dynamic, interesting, and informative website. We encourage you to send us your stories, photos, notices, post comments, and promote the site to your friends.

Calling all Retirees

Are you a retired member of the TWU and are you receiving a pension from the Telecommunication Workers Pension Plan (TWPP)? If you are not already a member of the BCARTW, we invite you to join. Information about the society and the application forms are available on the website www.bcartw.ca. If you would like to talk to us, we can be reached at 1-888-898-5755.

Are you already a member or not retired yet? Please pass this information on to any retiree you know. We also welcome retired members who have not started collecting their pension as associate members.

Local R55 Supports TWPP Trustees Position on Pension Updates

At the annual general meeting of Local R55, the membership voted unanimously to support the TWPP Trustees’ policy of providing annual updates for active members and for allowing early retirement at age 55 with 25 years of service. If sufficient surplus funds are available, an ad hoc increase for retirees would then be considered. These updates would be funded from the TWPP surpluses.

BC Association of Retired Telecommunication Workers