The mission of the Rhode Island Alliance for Retired Americans (RI ARA) is to ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security. The RI ARA believes that all older and retired persons have a responsibility to strive to create a society that incorporates these goals and rights and that retirement provides them with opportunities to pursue new and expanded activities with their unions, civic organizations and their communities.
A primary objective of the RI ARA is to enroll and mobilize retired union members and other senior and community activists into a nationwide grassroots movement advocating a progressive political and social agenda-one that respects work and strengthens families. The long-term goal of the RI ARA is to become the voice for all older Americans.
By engaging in important political battles to protect and preserve programs vital to the health and economic security of older Americans, the Alliance for Retired Americans will gain recognition as the country's leading progressive grassroots senior organization.
In pursuit of these values, the Alliance will:
Build a strong organization of seniors with a viable structure, ample resources and clear objectives - a structure compatible with that of the labor movement and community-based groups at local, state and national levels.
Create programs and membership organizations designed to promote a commitment by retired workers and older persons to the concept of lifelong participation in their unions, and in their community, political and civic organizations.
Encourage all segments of the senior population to act with unity on legislative, political and policy issues of importance to retirees and their families in order to maximize their influence on federal, state and local governments and on private organizations that affect their interests.
Want to be a member?
If you are a labor retiree, your national union probably pays into the national Alliance for Retired Americans. If so, you are a member of the RI ARA.
Benefits available to you and your spouse as members of the
RI ARA HealthLink Wellness Program:
The Rhode Island Alliance for Retired Americans in conjunction with the national Alliance for Retired Americans has made available to all HealthLink members numerous discounts in a special program called “Union Benefit Plus” with services and discounts that include auto, travel, entertainment, home, insurance, legal and education. In addition there are Rhode Island specific benefits negotiated specifically by the Rhode Island ARA: