Ellen Johnson | Franklin Advocate
Dr. James Warner, Texas Retired Teachers Association District 6 Legislative Chair
Teachers, teachers everywhere
The Robertson County Retired Teachers Association met on Monday, September 11 at the Masonic Lodge in Franklin.
Before the meeting began Dr. James Warner, TRTA District 6 Legislative Chair, gave a very informative presentation on the recent special session of the Legislature concerning TRS-Care Health Insurance.
Dr. Warner explained how close the teachers came to not having any mention of TRS Care Health care in the regular session. In the last twenty minutes of the session the members decided they better do something to support the health care benefits for teacher retirement members. They voted quickly to give a meager amount to the cause still leaving a rather large deficit for members to deal with.
Due to the vigilance of organizations such as the Robertson County Retired Teachers Association across the state writing and calling Governor Abbott, HB 21 was put on the agenda for the special session for the Legislature to go back and take another look at the situation. Teachers across the State let their elected officials know that they were not happy and would not forget their lack of interest come next election time. This got the attention of most legislators and they voted to give a little more help but there is still much to do so this does not keep happening. Dr. Warner being a retired teacher himself, believes we need to have a plan in place and be ready to fight before the next Legislative Session.
Current and retired teachers need to join together and come out in force to let our leaders know that teachers are important and deserve more respect. There is strength in numbers. He advised us to thank our officials especially Representative Kyle Kacal and Senator Charles Schwertner for their support and hard work to get the support that we have, but we need more.
Continue to write your elected officials and let them know we are here and we are not going anywhere. Thanks to Dr. Warner for the information and he offered his assistance and help with questions concerning TRS Health Care.
President Juanice Knight began the regular meeting with everyone introducing themselves and giving their individual experience in public school.
She then went over some goals and benefits of having a retired teachers association in Robertson County versus joining a neighboring association.
There was a discussion concerning individual volunteer hours and easier ways to keep up with these hours as they must be submitted at the end of the year to the State. It was also discussed that even though the local membership numbers have grown in recent years, it is imperative that current members encourage new membership.
The organization will meet again on October 2.