Retired workers from the Communications Workers of America union have paid their dues (both literally and figuratively) and are now gearing up for their next job: political operative. A CWA VP, Ralph Maly, explains that CWA retirees are crucial to the passage of the deceptively-named Employee Free Choice Act not only for their potential for grassroots outreach, but also as voters:
There is no question in my mind that retirees play a critical role in getting the Employee Free Choice Act and a national health care policy passed in Congress. Retirees make things happen and their continued support is a must for the survival of the labor movement.
Apparently your obligations to your union do not end with your retirement.