My Region/Local whatever want to call it, is administered by Atlanta. I couldn't ever get the calculator to work. Even trying to get that straightened out failed with a convoluted journey to nowhere. So, I just applied. Unfortunately, I made some sort of error on my application. A large amount of time went by and never heard anything. So, I e-mailed and got a stock form e-mail saying "we have 60-90 days...". Well 60 days went by and still nothing. So, I called. Got this woman saying "You made an error on your application and it's going to be rejected.." Me: "When were you going to tell me?". Me: "What do I need to do to fix it?". Her: "We don't normally allow that.....you have to reapply". Me: "WHAT?" Meaning another 60-90 days.
Well, after Lording her superior position over me....she "allowed" me to email the correction. Literally 3 days later I was retired.
Now, there has always been talk of $100 for every year after 35 and so on. The rumors are legend. With some folks getting close to $5k and so on. These increases being closely guarded secrets. We had a couple of folks retire at about the same time here locally. I asked a couple of what they were getting.....one said about what I was getting....one more. I had more years than both of them(full time)(my 7 extra years over 35 meant nothing). So you ask, did you inquire to the Ivory Tower? What would I ask? Should I be getting more? I did get what the contract said. Bob says he's getting more....? Remember, every email I sent was replied with a stock "we have received your inquiry"....
The woman at Atlanta said: "The chart says you get X. We don't recommend comparing what "others" say they are getting...".
Again, I never got to see the calculator or estimate. I got what was in the contract. Atlanta had my employment history down to the day. What theory did I have to argue?
About the Local's involvement, "We don't have anything to do with retirement...send all inquiries to Atlanta". Period.