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Sept. 16, 2016 // This Week’s Notebook: Veteran T-Shirt Drive, Get Organized with the NATCA Letter Folder, Seminar Dates, and Much More!

Veteran Shirts ZDV

Denver Center (ZDV) and the NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) are proud to support the Yellow Ribbon Fund by selling veteran and supporting veterans gear from now until Sept. 29.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund’s TUF Campaign encourages recovering veterans to “Take Up Fitness” as a powerful tool for their recovery. The campaign allows them to demonstrate the physical abilities possessed by adaptive athletes or veterans who have or are still recovering from serious injury or illness, encourages participants to reach out and connect with those veterans still recovering from their injuries, and seeks to improve awareness among recovering veterans of the benefits of community based fitness opportunities like CrossFit©.

Learn more about ZDV and NCF’s campaign and purchase some fantastic veterans gear today!

Letter Folder

NATCA Store Item of the Week: Letter Folder
Features of this product: Dark blue junior folder measuring 12-1/2″ x 9-3/8″. Other features include foam-padded covers with sewn edges, slash pocket with card pocket, and ruled pad & pen loop.

Price: $28
Made in USA.

To see the item and how to order: Select USPS or UPS as your shipping preference on your orders. To check on stock availability or for further assistance, call 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Member Portal
Have you moved recently and need to update your mailing address? No problem! Simply log in at the Member Portal and update your contact information. Those registering for the first time must have your NATCA member number ready as it is needed when you register. For further assistance, contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

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If you are using Internet Explorer version 9.0 or below, the functionality of the e-commerce website may not respond well compared to other browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera, or Edge. If you have any other problems or issues with your online shopping, please contact Customer Service at 800-266-0895 or email [email protected].

Benefits Spotlight: Show Your Unionism
Chances are pretty good that if you’re reading this, you’re a Union member. Chances are pretty good that if you are reading this, you are doing so on some kind of a device that you used a credit card to buy. But, did you use the Union Plus credit card? If you did, you may take the next few sentences off (but only if you promise to go and tell your friend about your card). If you didn’t and would like to learn how you can show your unionism by which credit card you choose to use then by all means, click here.

Cambridge Corner: Unions Urge Congress to Declare TSP Off-Limits!
The 15 unions and organizations that make up the labor council that advises the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board are calling on Congress to keep its hands off the Thrift Savings Plan.

In a letter to House and Senate leadership, the members of the council — whose members represent 4.9 million TSP account holders — warned the lawmakers that proposals to make changes to the TSP, such as a proposal to change the rate of return on the conservative G Fund, signal to federal employees and retirees that their investments are subject to political tinkering.

“The issue is simple,” wrote ETAC Chairman Clifford Dailing. “Just the suggestion of a change to the TSP indicates to the employees we represent that the TSP can be manipulated by Congress — that their funds could be used to pay for other programs. It indicates that the TSP is no longer a secure place to put their retirement money. Since 1987, participants have been told that the governing board, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, decides what happens with the TSP, and the board has a fiduciary duty to consider, first and foremost, what is best for it’s participants. When Congress considers changes to the TSP opposed by the TSP fiduciaries, employee confidence in the fund is shaken.”

While ETAC said it was not suggesting that Congress was not empowered to change the TSP, it noted that in fiscal 1989, Congress and the Office of Management and Budget agreed that the TSP should not be part of the budget.

Tony Reardon, national president of National Treasury Employees Union, one of the ETAC member groups, reiterated the council’s position that Congress must reassure employees by declaring that, “the TSP is off-limits as a source of revenue.”

“Federal employees and retirees have long been promised that Congress will not siphon money away from the TSP for other government programs,” Reardon said in a Sept. 9 statement. “Any talk that even hints at the possibility of that promise being broken sends an unwelcome message that the TSP is not a safe retirement option. Tapping the personal retirement savings of federal employees, retirees, and members of the military to offset spending is simply unacceptable.”

Call 888-900-4690 or click here for more information on how Cambridge Financial Partners can help you.

Upcoming Retirement Seminars Provided By 4 Square:

4Square Seminar Dates

Standard seminar for members with more than 15 years of service held from 3 to 9 p.m. local time.

Register by signing on to the NATCA Portal. Please verify the personal information listed for you including email and cell phone number. If any information is incorrect or missing, please correct or add it under the “My Profile” tab.

To register for a seminar, click the “Events” tab, followed by “2016 Retirement Seminars”. Complete the requested information and click “Next”. When you come to the screen listing the seminars, select the one you wish to attend, hit “Next”, verify your requested seminar information and then click “Done”. You will receive a confirmation email that your registration was complete.

A second email will be sent two to three weeks prior to the seminar giving you the logistical information for the seminar. Also included in this email will be instructions on how to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

Spouses and significant others are also invited to attend. Please ensure that you add them to the registration when asked if you will be bringing a guest. Please try to register three weeks prior to the seminar. Walk-ins are permitted to attend as long as they can provide their membership ID number. However, you will be unable to obtain a benefits estimate at the seminar.

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

We are now offering Career Optimization and Retirement Education (C.O.R.E.) Seminars in many cities! These seminars are geared towards employees with zero to 15 years of service who want to maximize their retirement benefits and plan for financial stability in retirement. Log in to the Portal today to see which cities are offering this great new program.

NATCA EDGE – Designed exclusively for NATCA members!
Can’t get to an in-person retirement seminar? We’ll bring the seminar to you!

Presenting an all-new, flexible access, web-based session of our popular retirement benefits seminar:

NATCA EDGE Seminar Dates

To register for a session, visit the NATCA Portal. Click “Events” on the menu bar on the home page, then select the “2016 NATCA Edge Online Retirement Webinar” link. Follow the questions and directions from there.

Personalized benefit estimate for participants paid for is an exclusive benefit for NATCA members. You will never be solicited or sold anything, ever!

For any questions or problems with registration, please contact Grace Colby, NATCA Executive Administrative Assistant: (202) 220-9829, [email protected].

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