Part 2 of a series
The Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans, established in 2002, seeks to strengthen retirement security by building a network of retired union members, their families, and community activists to advocate on issues affecting older Americans. Missouri Alliance members conduct education, training and advocacy to enact progressive policies and create just and equitable living conditions for all Americans.
The Missouri Alliance Executive Board conducts business by monthly conference calls. The Executive Board is comprised of the president, treasurer, secretary, and vice presidents from unions and community activists. The current board members are:
- President – David Meinell (Machinists Lodge 777).
- Treasurer – Christine Brame (Office and Professional Employees – OPEIU#13).
- Secretary – Steve Quinlin (Fire Fighters – IAFF Local 42).
Missouri Alliance Executive Board vice presidents are:
- Herb Johnson (Machinists).
- Linda Nesler (Communications Workers – CWA).
- Art Johnson (American Federation of Government Employees – AFGE).
- Patricia Jones Macklin (Teachers – AFT).
- William Finkle (Steelworkers).
- Kathy Coker (CWA).
- Louie Wright (Fire Fighters – IAFF).
- Judy Morgan (AFT).
RECORD OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS
The Missouri Alliance has taken COVID-19 protocols seriously throughout the pandemic, which has limited the amount of in-person advocacy it can conduct, but it has a strong record of accomplishments.
For example, in 2018, Alliance activists made more than 23,000 telephone calls to our associate members in all eight congressional districts to oppose Proposition A (so-called “right-to-work”) on the statewide ballot. The Missouri Alliance also made more than 12,000 calls and sent 5,000 postcards to seniors supporting former Senator Claire McCaskill in her race against Josh Hawley.
Members of the Missouri Alliance are volunteers and receive no compensation. They are committed to educating our community, elected officials and each other, and advocating for change.
The Missouri Alliance issue agenda includes:
- Affordable and accessible health care for all.
- Lower prescription drug prices.
- Expansion of Medicare to include hearing, dental and vision care.
The Missouri Alliance also educates older Missourians about ways to protect themselves against elder abuse or financial scams, provides information about the differences between Medicare Advantage Plans and Medigap Plans, and gives tips on how to find the lowest-priced medicine.
The Missouri Alliance encourages you to look at retiredamericans.org and see all that the Alliance for Retired Americans has done and is currently doing.
On the website, you can sign up for the “Friday Alert,” an email newsletter that highlights developments in Washington that could affect older Americans, and ways to get involved, such as signing petitions or contacting your legislators.
“Seniors have worked a lifetime and deserve a secure and healthy retirement,” said Missouri Alliance President Dave Meinell. “By uniting and flexing our ‘senior power,’ we can make that a reality for all of us. Please join us.”