Why Join RPEC?

Why join the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington?

We Are Stronger With You!

Because of your work, Washington is a great place to live, raise a family and retire. You worked long and hard to earn your retirement but, unfortunately, your benefits are not set in stone. Retired Washington public employees have seen our pensions underfunded and, in some cases, our benefits cut after retirement.

That’s why we formed the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington (RPEC) in 1971, to protect and expand the retirement security of Washington public service retirees. With over 13,000 members and 30 chapters state-wide, we’re leading the fight to protect our benefits, but we can’t do it alone.

We have members representing retirees on the Select Committee for Pension Policy (SCPP), the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB), the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) Advisory Committee, and the Washington State Investment Board. We fight to protect the benefits you earned through a lifetime of public service. Protecting Washington pensions and our state benefits have always been our top priorities. RPEC members have been making sure that the state legislature provides the funding for all the pension plans. For years, we have strengthened public service retirees’ clout on all levels of government – including in Washington, D.C.

RPEC members are actively engaged in defending our pensions, as well as Social Security and Medicare benefits. These are OUR benefits! We earned them and we paid for them over a lifetime of work and public service.

RPEC is the leading voice fighting to protect Washington State public-service retirees’ pensions, healthcare benefits, Medicare and Social Security. Retirees have power to win when we mobilize. But we need you with us if we’re going to continue to win.

And RPEC members aren’t alone in this fight. When you join RPEC, you’re also joining a collective voice and collaboration of thousands of current Washington public service workers in Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) – AFSCME Council 28 and Washington State Council of County and City Employees – AFSCME Council 2.

RPEC is also leading member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) the largest union of public service retirees and workers in the country with 1.2 million working and retired members. Together with the public service workers and retirees of AFSCME, we have real power. We know that by uniting we have the strength to protect the benefits we have earned.

Member-Only Benefits of RPEC Membership

To learn more about RPEC-exclusive and AFSCME Advantage member-only benefits available to you when you join RPEC, click here.

Ready to Join RPEC Today?

Click here for our online Membership Application

To request a membership packet, send an email to jakob.canup@rpecwa.org, providing your name, address and phone number;
or give us a call at 1-800-562-6097.