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February 15, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 15, 2011

As everyone else who worked for Ma Bell knows, we didn't work for the pay. It was very low. We worked for our benefits which was "money in the bank." Now Verizon would like to change their obligation of paying the money that they owe us in health benefits and pensions. VZ and other corporations are trying to re-frame their debt to the retirees as an "entitlement." This is a fight where retirees must stick together and also call on friends and family to take part. Our Mission. "The Association of BellTel Retirees Inc. is dedicated to promote the protection and enhancement of the pensions and benefits for all retirees and beneficiaries of the companies and subsidiaries that make up the Verizon and Idearc/Supermedia Corporations."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

organizing Verizon retirees and starting a PAC that will benefit all retirees with defined pensions and deferred benefits. Opening a dialog with the Officers of Verizon.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more members and pass legislation that would protect the earned benefits of workers.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

attending a Verizon Shareholder meeting

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

legislation to protect earned benefits

What is its top priority in the long run?

protect and enhance the pension and benefits of Verizon and Idearc/Supermedia Retirees

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

February 8, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 8, 2011

I went to work for the then "New York Telephone Company" in 1967. I accepted a pay cut from $145.00 per week to a starting salary of $87.50 per week. Why? Because I was given assurances of health Insurance, pension benefits and a secure job with a good retirement plan.
For thirty years
I worked for the company, through the AT&T split-up and the merger with New England that formed NYNEX, and through all the transformations that took place. The company still offered health Insurance benefits a pension upon retirement and assurances that I and my family would be taken care of after retirement.
I was involved in the company at the time that was true. I was assigned Retirees to contact on a regular basis and make sure they were being taken care of. That was all ended packages were offered at different times to instigate retirements. Management was forced to start paying for their benefits under Flex-Plus, the guise of it being more flexible to our individual needs. One retirement package even stated "retire before a set date and retain all your benefits for life."
So in 1998 I read and accepted an early retirement package labeled 5 and 5. It read as a good package and the mood of the company at the time was to lower Management Personnel in preparation for their Merger with Bell Atlantic.
Since my retirement I have seen a constant reduction in my benefits, Medical Insurance that was available last year is no longer available this year. Life insurance that was to be available was dropped, Pension Cost of living adjustments were not even considered. All in all we were losing benefits constantly while the upper management was receiving added perks each year. The company's stock was floundering, the company was declaring losses and the officers were getting multimillion dollar bonuses.
We were powerless to fight this until the BellTel Retirees Inc. was formed and merged our collective voices into one voice that had to be listened to. Since their inception the Organization has fought endlessly to protect our pensions, our Health benefits, and most important our sense of Dignity! We invested years in this company, on many occasions gave up time with our families to get a job done. I and many others were awarded Technical Excellence Awards, The President’s Award, and even gained U.S. Patents for the Company yet now we fight for every benefit we were promised years ago. Thank God for The Bell System Retirees Association

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their lobbying efforts have brought many changes to Corporate structure and Officers benefits. They have protected my benefits from the errosion efforts of Verizon and became the unified voice of its members.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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February 7, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 7, 2011

I am a retireed Verizon emplyee who went to work 30+ years ago with the "Agreement" with the telephone company that if I "invested" my talent and time to the organization they would in turn "provide for life" health care and pension benefits. This social contract came under "severe demolition efforts" by the big guns of lobbyests employed by Verizon-which has evolved into a draconian organization focused on enriching the senior management team at the expense of those that made the organization it is today!

The BellTel Retirees is the only organization dedicated to "breaking up the Senior Management cabal" and fighting for all of us retireed employees.

As we watch the social safety net being undermined by the Republican Party the BellTel Retirees organization is truely fighting the good fight for our long term well being and safety.

AMAZING and EFFECTIVE organization of truely committed volunteers

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The legislative and stockholder interests efforts

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more of my pioneers members to join.....

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