Join SERA

Join a chapter of the State Employee Retirees Association (SERA) and help protect your pension and health insurance benefits, meet old and new friends, and stay informed!
   

Join a chapter of the State Employee Retirees Association (SERA) and help protect your pension and health insurance benefits, meet old and new friends, stay informed, and gain access to SERA Plus benefits!

The Michigan State Employee Retirees Association is a non-profit organization devoted exclusively to issues and concerns of all current and future retirees of the State of Michigan.

SERA works to:

  • Keep Michigan state pension and retiree health care benefits secure and responsive to inflation.
  • Monitor and take action on important political developments affecting state pension and retiree health care benefits.
  • Inform our members about proposed federal and state legislation that will affect retirees and future retirees.
  • Watch the State Employees Retirement Systems’ Board, the Investment Advisory Committee (which make recommendations to the State Treasurer on investments in the defined benefit pension fund), and the 401(k) and 457 programs provided through Voya.
  • Work with the Office of Retirement Services and Civil Service Benefits Division to help retirees and near retirees with their pension and benefits issues.

SERA works through its members, leaders and committees to promote the best interests of current and future state retirees.

At least eight times since 1974, SERA initiated action for pension increases or benefit improvements. SERA has a lobbyist who watches legislative developments on our behalf. We helped to reduce the impact of the pension tax on public sector retirees.

SERA has 21 chapters statewide to provide you with:

  • A strong voice to protect and improve your benefits
  • Chapter meetings with interesting speakers
  • Periodic newsletter
  • A way to meet old friends and make new ones
  • Information important to retirees
  • SERA Plus discounts on services

SERA PLUS is a unique package of retirement benefits to help you protect your standard of living throughout your retirement years.

  • Free first-year tax preparation (Not valid for businesses and other restrictions may apply)
  • Discounted tax preparation in subsequent years
  • Home & auto insurance savings
  • $650 for complete estate plan including a living trust (Some estates may require other documents. Not all estates will require a living trust. Determination based on attorney’s recommendation.)
  • Free review of existing living trust documents
  • Financial and investment advice
  • Life, health and long-term care insurance
  • Estate settlement assistance

You are eligible for SERA if you are:

  • Retired from the State of Michigan, receiving a retirement benefit from the State of Michigan, or a spouse of any living or deceased member of SERA
  • An active state employee and
    • have attained the age of 50, or
    • whose age and service totals 70 or more, or
    • on state deferred retirement.

SERA chapters always need new ideas, new energy, and especially new members. Join over 12,000 SERA members in our efforts to assure every state retiree has a voice!

New members — Call for your FREE one year membership! Contact Cheryl Streberger at 517-515-9815 or cstreberger@yahoo.com. Pay nothing now. Simply contact us now and we will explain how to obtain your first-year free membership. At the end of your complimentary year, we will mail you a renewal notice. Membership dues after the first year range from $6 to $20, depending on which chapter you join.

Renewing members — Print and then complete the membership form and send it along with your dues to the chapter you want to join. To find your nearest SERA chapter and the amount of chapter dues, meeting times and other information, please refer to the directory listing. Or e-mail your name, address, city, state, zip code, and the name of the chapter in which you are interested to: bobkopaszserachair@gmail.com.