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Welcome to the Retiree Division

Welcome to the Retiree Division section of Local 1180's new website. More than just a drop-in center, the Retiree Division provides retirees of CWA Local 1180 with a venue to pursue their social, intellectual, and educational interests throughout their retirement. Through thoughtful and creative planning, the staff of the Retiree Division prepares a monthly calendar representing a compilation of some of the greatest activities in the area at any given moment. Broadway shows, trips, speakers, lunches, and interactive workshops allow retirees to socialize with peers, have fun, and learn a little along the way.

We can only begin to tell you about how glad our retirees are to have a one-stop-shopping experience that offers so many ways to keep busy, engaged, and active. We hope that you make the decision to join in on some of the fun. Read the monthly calendar to see what events are coming up, and then call to reserve your space. Remember that we are providing programs for more than 4,000 retirees in the New York City area, so space may be limited.

We have a special welcome gift for all 'newbie' retirees. Or, if you are an existing retiree, stop by the office just to say hello. We can't wait to greet you all.

 

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Suzanne E. Beatty, LMSW

Retiree Division Director

Biography

Director's Message

How sweet it is…ahhh…your retirement. A collection of family and friends, souvenirs from travels near and far, and a lifestyle that reflects what you have come to know and enjoy throughout the years. You have an easy and pleasant relationship with your neighbors, family, and friends. 

Easy peasy, right? Maybe, maybe not!  What can you do when your otherwise peaceful existence and easy-going nature feels pinched by friends and family who want something more than you freely want to give?
No one likes to think they are being taken advantage of or manipulated, but in fact, it happens far too often. Exploitative relationships consist of one party taking advantage of another in order to unrightfully benefit from another’s vulnerabilities. Not to be fearful, but the people who know you the best also know your habits and what makes you tick! 

Think of the case of an adult child/grandchild/niece/nephew who is making a request of you (your space at home, car, childcare, or financial assistance/sign a loan/use credit). In other cases, your tolerant nature has you pegged as the “get it done” and “never says no” person (such as a committee activity or friend who wants to take up hours on the phone gabbing when you would rather watch a favorite show). In every case, while you think you are “just being nice,” the reality is that the personal relationships we have with these individuals can cloud the fact that we have been, or are about to be, taken advantage of. 

It can be surprising, but understand that people such as these do exist and are looking for targets. They scan everyone in their lives to see who’s got what they want. Also, take a look in the mirror my friends — you guys are hot stuff! You have homes and cars and enviable lifestyles. You know how to manage your time, money, and resources — and you do it with grace and gratitude. Also, your years working with the city have made you efficient and proficient in all your dealings. You have strong people skills. Of course, the ladies at the auxiliary guild and fellows at the legion hall have chosen you again to lead the annual drive.

Don’t blame or shame yourself for getting caught up or “falling for it” in the past. Understand that some individuals are on the prowl for someone to take responsibility for them. They are masters at the game and are always playing it. They know just what to say so you let down your guard, if you had any at all.  

So what do you do? Your realization that your boundaries are being pinched (or stomped on) is the time when a change can begin. Don’t worry about anything you said or didn’t say in the past. Start by setting simple, but firm, boundaries with a neutral attitude. Get clear with your desired objective, then use simple and direct language to set the new boundary.   

For instance, with an adult child who wants to borrow money, you can say, “I love you, but I won’t be loaning you money anymore since you need to take more responsibility yourself.” To the volunteer committee, you can say, “This group is very important to me, but I need to spend more time on my personal obligations at this point.” Finally, to your buddy “Chatty Kathy,” set a boundary by saying, “I’ve decided to do my paperwork and make calls for my appointments in the afternoon. I will call you back later.” In this case, you control the call and the time allowed. 

Every situation is different, and individuals will use old and new tactics to get you to bend. This will feel uncomfortable at first, but with practice your confidence and reinforced personal boundaries will soon make you invisible to friendly predators looking for an easy answer to their problems. Remember that if you ignore your own boundaries, others will too.  

Wishing you all a very happy February.

 

Join Ret BD Club

 

UPDATE YOUR RETIREE CONTACT FORM

 

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Any retiree with Congratulations they want to share, should email the information to: 
retireedivision@cwa1180.org

Congratulations to Amber Mathis on her five years of service with the CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division. Amber's high attention to detail, excellent member service work, and positive attitude all contribute to what we can accomplish in the Division for our retirees. 

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Congratulations to retiree Eddie Barrett, who reported that she is just returned from Tennessee where she attended the graduation ceremonies of both her great-grand daughter from college and her grand-son from High School!! That’s a lot to celebrate Eddie!! Congratulations!!

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Congratulations to awesome grandma/retiree Helena Crump whose grandson Tyliek Williams graduated from Buffalo State College with honors! 
She’s waiting on the college acceptance letter for her granddaughter now!

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Any retiree with Condolences they want to share, should email the information to:
 retireedivision@cwa1180.org

The Retiree Division sadly announces the passing of Rosa Jennings and Patricia Browne.

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Condolences to Retiree Annie Stevenson (HRA) on the passing of her son Victor Eric McDaniel on Feb. 7, 2020.

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Meet the Retiree Division Staff

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan
Assistant to the Director
Retiree Benefits

Biography

Dianne Mason-Smith

Dianne Mason-Smith
Assistant to the Director
Retiree Programs & Events

Biography

Amber Mathis

Amber Mathis
Administrative
Assistant

Biography

Indra Subryan

Indra Subryan
Benefit Assistant

Biography

 

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Local 1180 Retiree Division History

In 1996, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer a new benefit to retirees that would assist them in transitioning from a worker to a retiree. The age wave was producing a new group of retirees that had shown a greater interest in remaining active. The Retiree Division was born that year and began offering recreational programming, workshops, educational classes all within a new center housed 97 Hudson Street, on the lower level of the building occupied by Local 1180. The Division continues to reach out to retired members and provide an opportunity that promotes their physical and emotional well-being as they remain active educationally, culturally, and socially. The Retiree Division engages retirees in activities that support a long and healthy retirement with dignity and respect.

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Retiree Division Contact Information


CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division

97 Hudson Street   |   New York, NY 10013
212.226.5800   |   800.801.2882 (out-of-area)
retireedivision@cwa1180.org


Mailing Address

CWA Local 1180 Retiree Division
6 Harrison Street, New York, NY 10013

 

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