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The Pension Crisis

State and local governments face a $5 trillion unfunded pension liability. City Journal's Daniel DiSalvo says paying for this will force cities to put basic services, like fire and police on the chopping block:

Posted by John Stossel on Thursday, January 9, 2020


PADDY WAGON – By Fred Haas

Please be advised that on Sunday, October 6th, the Milwaukee Police American Legion Post 415, took their iconic Paddy Wagon to the Downtown West Allis Car Show.  This has to be one of the biggest and largest car shows in Wisconsin.  Beautiful classic, custom and antique cars were lined up on W. Greenfield Ave. from 76th street to 70th street and on the side streets.  Approximately 500 vehicles were on display.  I estimated the crowd to be at least 5,000 or more during this event.   Over 2,000 people stopped to view our 1948 Plymouth “Dare program” Milwaukee Squad car and our 1935 original Milwaukee Police Patrol Wagon “Paddy Wagon”, to ask questions, take pictures or just drool over these beautiful vehicles.  Darrell, Rich and Fred were busy the entire time explaining the history of our two vehicles, letting numerous kids and adults have their pictures taken with the paddy wagon, giving the kids souvenirs of the Milwaukee Police Department, and in general a very exhausting fun filled day.  We even had a group of aspiring young photographers and models take photos with our wagon, and the local West Allis TV station interviewed us for future broadcast on the cities TV channel.

Needless to say the 10 hour day by the three old Musketeers, Darrell Malmarowski, Rich Thompson and Fred Haas was fun filled, exhausting, exciting and gratifying.
When it was all over, we received the BEST news that anyone could get… Milwaukee Police Post 415’s Paddy Wagon was named BEST of CLASS and received a beautiful plaque.
First place is GREAT!
Thank you all for supporting our classic wagon and the efforts by Post 415 to continue to Serve God and Country.

Milwaukee Retiree Association (Not the MRPA)

The Milwaukee Retiree Association- (MRA)- by Wray Young
This organization incorporated in 1960, is comprised of over 2,000 members of retired
workers, any retiree who worked in any capacity for the City of Milwaukee. It’s principal goals
now are to work with the City in order to improve and safeguard our health and pension
benefits. They have even set up a pension defense fund, now at over $130,000. in case our
pension, our “lifeblood”, is threatened in anyway. This has been occurring in numerous cities
all over the country, with retiree’s health benefits and pensions being cut due to poor city fiscal
management. It is in all of our best interest to join this organization as there is strength in
numbers. The MRA is no longer affiliated with AFSCME in any way, and is currently affiliated
with the Milwaukee Area Labor Council AFL-CIO. I have been a member since I retired in
2000 and have found it to be an excellent & very well run organization working hard for us
retirees, and highly encourage all Milwaukee retirees to join.


P. O. Box 342055

MILWAUKEE, WI 53234-2055


Help us safeguard your pension benefits!

Increased membership = increased influence

We are informed, proactive, connected, committed

The Milwaukee Retiree Association (MRA)  invites you to join our association of close to 2,000 City of Milwaukee retirees.

The MRA has been an active retiree organization since 1959. We represent the thousands of retirees and their spouses receiving a pension from the Employes’ Retirement System (ERS) of the City of Milwaukee. Every ERS pensioner/spouse is eligible to join the MRA. Membership includes retired union, non-represented, and management employees.

Our association serves as a watchdog for retiree issues, including:

           * Working with the Pension Board, ERS office, Mayor and Common Council to ensure adequate funding of our pension

            * Monitoring of health care costs and benefits

           * Attending and testifying at Pension Board and Common Council Committee meetings

            * Monitoring legislative issues at local, state, and federal levels

Our association also serves as an educational and social organization by:

            * Providing spring and fall membership meetings with luncheons and speakers

            * Providing a forum to express your concerns

            * Mailing informational newsletters

            * Developing programs and benefits of interest to our members

Join now by completing the membership application with your annual dues of $15.00 per member and mail to the:

Milwaukee Retiree Association, P.O. Box 342055, Milwaukee, WI 53234-2055

The $10.00 assessment listed is an optional payment for unanticipated expenses and is much appreciated.  For questions, please email us at or call our voice mail at (414) 297-9215

Business Office:  633 S. Hawley Road, Suite 109, Milwaukee, WI 53214-1965

Members also have access to information on:

Dental Insurance:   Metlife group dental insurance is available to MRA members.  Call Labor First at 855-588-3838 for further information and enrollment forms.

If Metlife dental insurance is not an option for you, other dental insurance plans and dental discount programs may be available.   For further information on these plans, call National Benefit Consultants, Inc. at 1-262-201-4370 or 1-800-875-1505

Vision Discount:  Wisconsin Vision provides coupons to our members for specials on exams and glasses.  The discounts can be used by spouse and dependents.  There are multiple offices throughout Wisconsin and Northern           Illinois.

Health Insurance:   A group Medicare Advantage plan is available to our members.  Medicare eligible retirees and spouses who may not have employer insurance, or pay costly premiums, may find these plans a good alternative.            

Free Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance   A no cost $3000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefit is available to members.        

How You Can Help
 The Milwaukee Police Historical Society is seeking $100,000 to build a new memorial wall inside the Safety Academy. The new memorial would provide ample space to honor our fallen heroes and revere them in an in-depth way. Visitors to the memorial would be able to access information on each officer, including who they were and how they lived, from an interactive kiosk. These narratives about their lives and service would also be available through an app for off-site guests.
 No contribution is too small.
Help us reach our goal and bring this project to fruition.

The newly designed Fallen Officers Memorial is an opportunity to show our gratitude to the families of our fallen heroes, as well as to the officers who are committed to serving and protecting our community.  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
The Milwaukee Police Historical Society is committed to honoring the memory of our fallen heroes with a new memorial. Sadly, the list of fallen officers in MPD’s history has outgrown the available space on the existing memorial at the Milwaukee Safety Academy, 6680 N Teutonia Avenue. And, with three officers lost in the line of duty in the last year, our request comes with increasing urgency.