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The Union Keeps Us Strong

The CWA Retired Members' Council is a hardheaded, no-nonsense organization that focuses the accumulated skills of CWA veterans on the critical issues facing retirees.  It has the expertise to help insure that retirees have input into key retiree programs as they're shaped by employers and the government.

The Council is made up of Local retiree clubs, as well as district-wide-at-large clubs (for retired members whose Local does not yet have a club).  Each year, in conjunction with the CWA Convention, the Council holds an Annual Meeting where delegates from the clubs gather to discuss and decide on matters relevant to retired members.

The Council's Executive Board is comprised of a representative from each of the Union's eight districts and an at-large represetative from CWA's merger partners such as Printing, Publishing and Media Workers Sector of CWA, NABET-CWA and The Newspaper Guild-CWA.  Each of the nine Executive Board members represents retiree concerns with voice and vote at the CWA Convention.

Fighting For You

The RMC works to safeguard and enhance your retirement years in many ways:

  • We monitor company pension policies.
  • We track national legislation affecting CWA retirees.
  • We work on behalf of federal and local political candidates who support our goals and interests.
  • We represent reitree concerns with CWA Bargaining Councils in their negotiations.

Benefits of Membership

Your $7.00 annual membership entitles you to receive the CWA News and the quarterly newsletter of the CWA Retired Members' Council, Journeys.  As an RMC member, you may participate in the CWA Union Privilege Programs, which include a low interest rate MasterCard, low cost mail order prescription plan, free and discounted legal services, travel service, and supplemental term life insurance, among others.  Additionally, you are eligible for other insurance programs such as Medicare supplemental policies offered by Council-approved companies. 


CWA-RMC COPE is a way for CWA retirees to have their voices heard in the political arena.  Contributions to CWA-RMC COPE are used to help candidates who support issues of importance to retired members get elected to public office.  CWA-RMC COPE offers three levels of giving: Quroum for $25.00 per year, Platinum Quorum for $50.00 per year, and Triple Quorum for $75.00 per year.

*As a Lifetime Member of the Retired Members' Council, you will stay connected to CWA through the CWA News, and (via e-mail) our weekly CWA Newsletter.  You will have the opportunity to be involved in matters that di­rectly affect you and your fellow retirees. Through the Council, you will be joining forces with active CWA members in support of the union's goals, whether on a picket line, a phone bank or through other demonstrations of support.

Lifetime Members are entitled to participate in one of the hundreds of Retiree Chapters sponsored by CWA local unions all across the country. Active chapters increase the power and reach of the Council, so we encourage you to join a chapter as well.

Council Members are eligible to participate in the money-saving CWA Union Privilege program, which provides dozens of popular services and discounts to CWA members and retirees. Go to for these and other programs. Additionally, you are entitled to 15 percent savings on mobile phone service through the CWA-represented AT&T Wireless. Go to