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April Newsletter

Keep up-to-date with the latest newsletter from ORTA. In this issue, you will find:

  • Update from the Executive Director

  • Feature: Northwest Region Liaison

  • STRS Candidate Screening Questionnaires

  • New Employment Opportunities

  • Discounted Tickets


The STRS board will meet on April 21. Since the COLA issue was resolved in the March meeting, I suspect that the business will involve reports from the financial the department and from the investment department. Currently, the board of trustees at STRS are divided along two separate camps. One camp is committed to maintaining the current status quo that includes suspension of COLA and providing a pension that is worth less than the individual’s contribution. Those are the incumbent members of the board. The other camp includes Dr. Fichtenbaum and Mr. Steen. These board members are committed to making changes at STRS that will lead to a pension that is commensurate with the contribution rate members pay and also includes a commitment to a COLA for retirees.

Remember, ORTA endorsed the following candidates for the election that is taking place this month:

Retiree candidate = Elizabeth Jones

Active member candidates = Steven Foreman and Julie Sellers

Meet Northwest Region Liaison: Bruce Hodges

Q: How long have you been a part of ORTA and why did you initially join?

A: I have been an avid member of OEA for my 40-year career in education. Upon retirement, I joined ORTA to continue to work for benefits for educators, both present and future. I believe I am in my 14 year of membership participation in ORTA. I am currently and have been an ORTA liaison for several of those years.

Q: What would you say is the importance of membership with ORTA?

A: Retirement is a personal part of life. Retirees need to be a part of a strong representative organization to continue to monitor and protect your last stage of life. RETIREMENT! Retirement should be the most exciting time of your life!!!

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ORTA receives opportunities from employers and organizations seeking retirees for paid and volunteer positions to share with our membership. If interested, contact the number(s) listed.

LifeLong Learning – Several positions for full time and part-time teachers. Flex positions in East Cleveland area.

Contact Ivan Vazquez: (323) 326-9845

Boomshoft SOM at Wright State University - Seeking a person to work in the Medical Education Learning Center. Contact Ife Shafeek at 937-775-2625

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