UE Local 170 has about 100 members in their retiree chapter. Most of them are retired state employees who were not ready to retire from the union.

These are still dues paying members. They pay $1 per year and have the privileges a current members has, except to vote at conventions.

These very knowledgeable folks have worked in state government, so they are familiar with it. And they have helped in the past in many different ways — organizing events, providing representation in grievance proceedings and contacting legislators about bills that would be good for the union.

For instance, they lobbied for the bill the union got introduced to give retirees a $1,000 a year pay raise, and against bills that would be bad for state employees, like not fully funding PEIA.