Quick Orientation to RTAC
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the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago has dedicated itself to the
betterment of all teachers
retired from the Chicago Public Schools.
See the history of RTAC here.
About 40% of the 25,000 people eligible for RTAC membership are
currently members. Why do they belong?
What Good Is RTAC?
are some of the things the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago does
- RTAC is working to obtain legislative approval of a minimum
pension for all CPS retirees.
Many long-time retirees are below the poverty level.
- RTAC strategies help keep health insurance premiums for retirees
- RTAC helped add a third retiree to the pension fund’s Board of
(Many public employee pension funds have no retirees on their boards.)
- RTAC makes dental insurance available to its members.
- RTAC holds occasional free seminars on topics of importance to
- RTAC’s efforts have helped restore and maintain the very high
level of health
insurance premium rebates.
- RTAC maintains highly effective legislative representation in
Springfield to monitor and help shape legislation of concern to
- RTAC coordinates a powerful RTAC-ALERT
e-mail list consisting of
who communicate our needs to legislators at all levels.
- RTAC cooperates with the Pension Fund, the CPS and the CTU to
formulate mutually desirable plans for
- RTAC founded the Chicago
Retired Teachers Aid Fund, a separate
entity which provides help for retirees in need. All Aid Fund
contributions go directly to beneficiaries.
- RTAC offers State of Illinois certified Senior Health Insurance
counseling. These volunteers offer free
unbiased information regarding Medicare, Medicare supplements,
and similar topics.
- RTAC’s Service Committee outreach program remembers
our most senior members with birthday and holiday cards, and sends
members 85 and over.
- RTAC sponsors (and subsidizes) membership luncheons in the spring
the fall of each year.
- RTAC’s Special Events Committee sponsors group tours and
trips for members in the area.
- RTAC maintains a Wall of Fame to honor those who have made
outstanding contributions to the Association.
issued periodically, publishes:
- member contributions
of short articles and poetry,
- news of the
pension fund’s condition, concerns and proceedings,
- news of
out-of-state RTAC satellite groups,
- responses to
Service Committee outreaches,
- names of new
- names of
contributors to RTAC and to the Aid Fund,
- names of those
honored by such contributions,
- reports on the
semi-annual membership luncheons,
- reports on CTU retiree and legislative functions;
- reports on
- articles on
avoiding scams and confidence schemes;
- some of the
choicest morsels of humor and wisdom from the Internet;
tips on the use of computers and the Internet.
maintains an Internet
web site, www.RTAC.org,
- a selection of
the Internet’s cleverest jokes and cartoons
- the latest relevant
news on legislation concerning retirees;
- sample letters
to send Federal and State legislators on behalf of retirees;
records of legislators on relevand pending legislation;
information on important CPS retiree concerns;
forms for tickets to RTAC and CTU functions;
forms for contributions to RTAC and the Aid Fund;
RTAC membership application form;
- a listing of
paid job opportunities for retired teachers;
- links to more
than 90 educational and entertainment venues in the area;
- the latest RTAC News Bulletin
in color, in Acrobat
you get ALL OF THIS for about 14¢ per day!
larger the organization, the more powerful is its voice. If you
are not a member, join RTAC now
and make us even more
RTAC is easy to join, just send in this membership form and your dues.
RTAC IS YOUR
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the latest information, keep your eye on this site.
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