Your Members of Congress are all running for re-election. Opponents are running against them. Now is the time to let them all know that you expect them to stand up for retirees who are affected by the GPO and the WEP. Tell them that these are misguided laws that were instituted to save money for Social Security and, instead, have caused great harm to middle and low-income public servants. It is easy to write a few words to your Member of Congress. Go to our D.C. Action page and use the two suggestions for Congress under “Easy noise you can make.” Use the National Education Association link or find your Member’s website, and let them know how you feel! (Bookmark your Rep’s “Contact Me” page, so you can hop on it on a regular basis.) Go to a campaign rally, stand up and tell your story! If you get a chance to do this, please let us know how it went at firstname.lastname@example.org. Most people are astounded when they first hear about the offsets.
New members continue to sign up for our Action Alerts. These are resuming after a summer busy with grandparent responsibilities and some time off. Welcome to all of you who have recently signed on, and a special shout out to the group of you who have just joined us from Kentucky!
Here are a several stories that have come into our mailbox (reprinted with their permission):
I have worked all my life, both for the state as well as for the private sector. I divorced after 21 years of marriage to someone who took bankruptcy and left me no community property. If he pre-deceases me, my spousal benefit will be reduced drastically due to my earning a state pension. Unless this is repealed, I will never be able to stop working.
I’M TO THE POINT OF TOTAL DISBELIEF IN A GOVERNMENT WHO HAS STOLEN MY SS RETIREMENT PENSION. I CAN NO LONGER AFFORD TO LIVE ON A TEACHER RETIREMENT SALARY. LONG STORY……MAKES ME WONDER WHY I
EVER BELIEVED IN THE FIRST PLACE.
IT’S BANKRUPTCY FOR ME AFTER LEADING A COMPLETELY RESPONSIBLE
LIFE…..SHAMEFUL FOR GOVERNMENT TO DEVASTATE RETIREES IN THEIR
I have worked 22 years with significant earnings of which I contributed to Social Security. I was told that I would have my benefits cut in half when I retire as I will also get a benefit from MTRB. I think this is grossly unfair as I have earned my Social Security benefits working in hospitals over the past 30 years.
Stand up for yourself and for these public servants who deserve the Social Security retirement benefits they have earned!