After 40 years with the union, Retirees Department Director Steve Regenstreif has decided to retire. Steve has spent most of his adult life working for AFSCME and believes that this is the right time to move on.
Prior to working with the AFSCME Retirees, Steve was based in New York and played a leading role in the permanent affiliation of the 220,000 – member Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), which brought the AFSCME membership to the one million mark.
Since becoming Director of the AFSCME Retirees, the union’s retiree membership has grown from 13,000 dues paying members in six retiree chapters to now some 250,000 retirees in over 260 state and local groups. The AFSCME Retirees is now the largest organization of public sector retirees in America and the fastest growing retiree organization in the labor movement, having organized 10,000 new members each year for the last 20 years.
Succeeding Steve as Director will be Ann Widger. Ann spent six years in the Retirees Department as a Retiree Coordinator. In 2008, she went to work for the Obama Presidential Campaign, heading up the political program that targeted Older Americans. Following the campaign, Ann took a job at the White House in the Office of Public Engagement, coordinating seniors outreach and working on health care reform. After the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Ann became Director of External Affairs at HHS and was the prime contact at the Department for all the various stakeholders on implementation of the legislation.
Karen Gilgoff will continue her service as Assistant Director of the Department.