NRLN Lucent/Nokia Retirees Chapter

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Chapter President’s Message

Joe Sciulli
Chapter President

APRIL 2024

Spring is here and it’s the time of year that we ask for annual contributions to the NRLN and our Chapter.

If you can afford $35, or less than $3/month, it will have a big impact on our work to safeguard pensions and improve healthcare insurance. The recent FOCUS newsletter details some of our current activities that your contribution will finance. Make your contribution by mail or online by clicking here.

A MEMBERSHIP SURVEY

Some of our members retired 35 -40 years ago. Some aren’t retired yet. Our retirees organization (formerly LRO) was chartered 21 years ago. We want to get a current picture of the status and concerns of our current membership. To that end, we are asking everyone to take a short survey, kind of a census, available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/lucent. Please make sure you are counted and feel free to send the link to fellow Lucent retirees.

LEADERSHIP SEARCH

We are looking for younger retirees (maybe under 75) to take on leadership roles in our chapter. If you have background in public relations, administration, or computer experience with Excel and Access, we need your help. Send an email to LUCENTCHAPTER@nrln.org if you are interested in helping.

NRLN Fly-In to Washington, DC –  will be September 16-18, 2024. There will be an NRLN Board meeting on Monday morning open to attendees. The lobbying issues briefing session will be on Monday afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday (until departure times) will be spent on Capitol Hill in appointments with members of Congress and their staff to discuss key issues of the NRLN’s legislative agenda. If you are interested in participating in the Fly-In send an email to contact@nrln.org.

WELCOME BACK !

A few hundred members discovered that they were no longer on our mailing list and re-subscribed by going to EMAIL SIGNUP .

Happy to have you back.

HOW YOU CAN HELP OUR CHAPTER

    • Become a Member! Sign up to receive emails from us here.
    • Be an active member. Respond to Action Alerts. Congress does listen to what constituents are saying. Your letters supporting NRLN lobbying efforts make a difference. Congress knows that those letters and emails are from retirees trying to protect retirees.
    • Reach out to other retirees that you know through clubs, your emails or Facebook. We need them to join us to gain strength. Ask them to sign up for emails here.
    • Volunteer your time. We need folks who are a little younger than mid-eighties to help in small ways. It’s time for the next generation — you know, you 60- to 70-year-olds, to step up! If you have HR experience, you could be very helpful in the benefits area. If you think you would like to help, even a few hours a month, email me at lucentchapter@nrln.org.
    • Support us financially. Your contribution of $35 or more is important to finance the work of the new chapter. Click here to make your contribution by credit card or send a check to NRLN Inc., and mail to PO Box 69051, Baltimore, MD 21264-9051.

Stay healthy in 2024

This is the time of year for resolutions. For retirees, let me suggest that the most important resolution you can make for the year 2024 is STAY ON YOUR FEET!

This simple phrase has two meanings and they are both relevant. 

  • First, try to spend more of your time moving around rather than sitting.
  • The second, avoid falls. Falls are a main cause of morbidity and disability in the elderly.

More than one-fourth of persons 65 years of age or older fall each year, and in half of such cases the falls are recurrent. The risk doubles or triples in the presence of cognitive impairment or history of previous falls.

Read all about it here.

Another article from the Mayo Clinic outlines some simple tips for avoiding falls.

Choosing where to invest money savings. Concept of financial investment, economy growth and bank savings.

About that Cost-of-Living Raise

Several of you have written me asking about a cost of living raise in the pension. You point out that the pension trust is overfunded, and inflation has taken its toll, particularly on long-time retirees. And it’s true that one dollar in 1990 purchasing power requires $2.73 today.

We have raised the question with Nokia. 

Their answer is that there are no plans for a cost-of-living raise. They point out that retirees prior to 3/1/90 do not pay for healthcare and life insurance.

We will keep monitoring the pension trust numbers in 2023.

Joe Sciulli

Chapter President

Joe Sciulli, Vice President – Information Technology/Databases CHAPTER PRESIDENT | Joe began his career with Western Electric in 1957 as a field engineer in the Defense Activities Division, which served as the prime contractor for the SAGE Air Defense System and had responsibility for installation and system testing of the system nationwide. He worked in computer and information technology assignments in Kansas City and Newark, NJ. In 1974 he moved to the Chicago area where he was responsible for the startup of the Niles, MI, Materials Management Center and nationwide planning for Western Electric’s installation force. In 1977, he became Director of Operations for the Central Region, and in 1979 moved to the Denver Works, where he was Director of Manufacturing. In 1982, he became Executive Vice President of the Teletype Corporation in Skokie, Il. Subsequently he served as Operations Vice President for AT&T’s computer business. He has a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and attended the Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He retired in 1989 and served as a Director and webmaster for the Lucent Retirees Organization for 18 years. He lives in Elgin, IL.

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