Our Caucuses

Retiree Caucus

Our Caucuses

Retiree Caucus


The mission of SEIU UHW Retiree Caucus is to build an active committee of retired members to develop programs for retiree members to find ways to integrate into the organizing, legislative and political programs of the union, but are not limited to:

Providing a vehicle for continuing involvement of retired members in the union activities

To recommend, monitor and organize legislation that will improve areas of concerns such as pensions, housing, healthcare, taxes, consumer concerns and other issues.

Informing retired members of benefits and services that are available through the union, community groups, government, and other agencies.

Empowering retirees to unify with working members of SEIU UHW during efforts to promote better working conditions and a better future for our members and all working people.

SEIU-UHW Retiree Caucus Leadership

Dollie Lee – Chair

Mary Blackman – Co-Chair

Brenda Tippins – Treasurer

Gloria Charles – Secretary

4 Things to Think About before You Retire

Speak to a Financial Advisor

If you are preparing to retire, we highly recommend that you speak to a financial advisor, whether at your bank or a personal advisor before retiring. It is crucial for you to understand your retirement finances, including savings, investments, and potential income streams. A financial advisor can help you create a comprehensive retirement plan tailored to your goals and circumstances, and work with you to ensure financial security in your retirement years.

Make Sure Your Healthcare Is in Order

Review your health insurance plan before retirement to ensure comprehensive coverage for all aspects of care, including general, eye, and dental care. Before retirement, you should have a full understanding of the costs, coverage limitations, and potential gaps in your insurance. This will allow you to make informed decisions about your healthcare needs during retirement and avoid unexpected expenses and ensure access to necessary medical services.

Meet with Social Security Officials

Meeting with the Social Security office allows you to understand your eligibility, benefits, and the best time to start claiming Social Security payments. This meeting provides clarity on how Social Security fits into your overall retirement income strategy and attempts to maximize your benefits for a secure retirement.

Create a Healthcare Directive

Creating health directives, such as a living will or healthcare power of attorney, is essential for outlining your wishes regarding medical care in the event anything happens to you. These documents ensure your preferences are known and followed, providing peace of mind for you and your loved ones during challenging times.

SEIU-UHW provides several financial trainings for members, including Financial Planning that includes an additional 1-on-1 meeting with a financial counselor, and What’s a Living Trust? What about a Will? Do I Need One? facilitated by attorneys at the Housing and Economic Rights Advocates located in San Francisco. These trainings are online. For updated information on upcoming trainings, go to: