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The 14-state regional AUSWR, representing over 49,500 retirees and surviving spouses of CenturyLink/Qwest, U S WEST, and their predecessor companies formed in 1995, with the Mission statement: “To preserve and protect the pension and benefits that we earned,” and dissolved in 2013, leaving two affiliated state organizations which continue to represent telephone retirees in all states. The AUSWR Colorado/Wyoming and NWB Qwest-U S WEST associations accept the challenges of representing retirees to the CenturyLink company as “a point of contact for retirees concerning pensions, benefits and health care.” Membership is open to all former employees and their spouses and dependants. (Click the link to the left for a membership application).


Health care and life insurance protections are hallmarks of success for AUSWR affiliated groups.


If you retired after 1990..

                              the Mimi Hull 5-year Agreement

          In April 2012, former AUSWR director Mimi Hull successfully negotiated an agreement with CenturyLink Officers that provides Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA) for Medicare-eligible retirees and spouses. These monthly reimbursements make health care secure and affordable. The protection of our $10,000 Group Life Insurance for five years is included in the agreement. Drafting this agreement for the HRA and life insurance was given to Curtis L. Kennedy, litigation attorney, who created the language that CenturyLink officers quickly approved. Now we look forward to working with CenturyLink executives to extend the agreement beyond its expiration in 2017.

Nelson Phelps_photo.png  If you retired in 1990 or before..

                 the Nelson Phelps Health Care Settlement

Nels realized by 1992 that as a 1990 retiree, health care “promised” by U S WEST could change because of benefit-plan language allowing the company the discretion to make changes. Who did he call? Curtis Kennedy, of course, to file legal action that guarantees ALL retirees who retired in 1990 or before (plus ERO retirees) would keep their promised health care benefits for life. Curtis’s legal action agreement is binding on all future mergers of Qwest and CenturyLink.    It’s health care for life!


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The AUSWR is a founding member of the National Retiree Legislative Network (NRLN). The NRLN is a nonpartisan, grassroots federation of retiree organizations working at the national level, lobbying Congress to protect and enhance retiree health and pensions benefits.




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Association of U S West Retirees Inc.

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