Mission: The Association of BellTel Retirees Inc. is dedicated to promote the protection and enhancement of the pensions and benefits for retirees and beneficiaries of the companies and subsidiaries that make up Verizon Corporation and Idearc/SuperMedia Corporation.The Association will convince the company to properly care for its thousands of dedicated former union and management employees.The Association will conduct activities designed to educate elected federal, state and local representatives and promote passage of legislation which will protect and guarantee, rather than invade, our hard-earned pension and benefits funds.
Programs: Publish a 12 page quarterly newsletter providing essential information to our members.Assist retirees to obtain a regular pension increase from Verizon.Assist retirees to obtain inflation protection for their pensions.Negotiate with Verizon officers on retiree benefit matters. Present proxy proposals at the Verizon Shareholders meetings that will improve corporate goverance.Assist Verizon retirees with processing complaints about benefits when regular Verizon contacts can not or will not help our members.Secure professional services to process litigation on behalf of Verizon retirees and pre retirees.
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."