The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC)
Since 1946, The Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut (ARTC) has been a retiree organization exclusively representing Connecticut's retired teachers, and dedicated to securing and protecting our pension and health insurance benefits.
The ARTC is a non-profit organization of retired teachers that represent 16,000 members/affiliates and advocate for 33,000 CT retired teachers.
• Promotes the economic, professional, and social well being of CT retired teachers.
• Encourages the participation of retirees in service to their communities.
• Advocates the continuous improvement of education in CT schools.
ARTC’s primary concerns center on the financial security of our pension and health insurance benefits. We also advocate for the preservation of Medicare. Our goals are to work towards:
• Maintaining our pension system.
• Securing full state funding of our health insurance premium account (HIPA).
• Eliminating the state income tax on teacher retirees’ pensions.
• Preserving the Social Security COLA by opposing the Chained CPI
• Repealing the GPO/WEP.
Connecticut is one of only five states that fully taxes state pensions. 26% of retired teachers choose to move to other states upon retirement, states where their income is not heavily taxed. This is a money drain on the state of Connecticut.
Opposing the Chained CPI is important to us because any adverse effects to the SS COLA will affect us two fold. For most CT retired teachers our pension COLA is based on the SS COLA. Therefore, any reduction in the SS COLA will reduce our pension.
CT teachers contributed to their pension during their working years, and we fail to see why our pension is not considered a private pension, but looked at as a SS retirement benefit. The GPO/WEP has turned into an unfair and regressive tax on thousands of municipal workers throughout the country. It is an unfair law that mainly discriminates against widowed women.