Members of the National Education Association and other citizen lobbyists from across the country are in Washington this week talking to Congress about repealing the GPO and WEP. We need to back them up NOW!

If you haven’t yet bookmarked your two Senators or your Member of Congress, find them on these websites:

http://www.house.gov/ (put in your Zip Code to find your Representative) 
http://www.senate.gov/ (put in your state to find your Senator)

Call them or email them. (Letters take too long to go through security) Please get at least three of your family members or friends to do this also. Now is the time! Tell your own story or use the words below.

The Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision were stuck into the last Social Security reform laws without careful consideration. They are BAD law. Don’t let Congress mess up Social Security again—fix it by raising the Cap on payroll deductions and repealing the GPO and WEP!

Repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision, a poorly-designed law, which cuts a higher percentage of Social Security benefits for low and middle-income workers than it does for high-income earners. (see CRS Report 1/29/2010)

Eliminate the Government Pension Offset, which heavily penalizes more women than men.  It penalizes in two ways.  First, the GPO takes away earned Social Security spousal benefits from those who have stayed home to care for children if they have even a short governmental or teaching career later in life.  In addition, many of those affected receive NONE of their spouse’s normal Social Security survivor benefits after that spouse dies.

These offsets are unconscionable! Fixing Social Security must include eliminating these cruel and unfair political attacks on public service workers. Less than 2% of Social Security’s annual expenditures would be involved!

Thank you for responding to this urgent call to action!

9 Comments

  1. While there, how about the members paying Obama a visit and asking him about his proposal in improving the enforcement of the GPO/WEP. Talking and writing to Senators and Representatives is a lost cause as it has been the last thirty plus years. It is even more so now than ever before when the one at the top has proposed ever since taking office, to improve the enforcement and which he has given the Social Security Administration and federal entity to have an automated system in place by of 2015. WAKE-UP. I suggest these members educate themselves on Obama’s proposal every year that he has proposed in improving enforcement and that is every year since taking office. I just hope this is not another chance for these educators to have another one of those “Kumbaya Moments” with Obama. I feel that these members are doing more harm than help by telling everyone to write Congress while the person they idolize is doing the exact opposite we’re asking Congress to do. It’s these educators that need to back us up. We did and are doing our part, it is now time that you back us up and that is talk to Obama about getting rid of the GPO/WEP! He is after all the one spearheading in improving enforcement.

  2. Please let me know any movement on this important issue for so many people. I think this should be brought to the Dept of Justice or filed as a suit against the Congress of the United States for making a motion to steal money from citizens of this country who were enrolled in this program in good faith that the benefits would be there upon retirement. I am a retired Teacher in Texas and did not know that I would not receive my full soc. sec. benefit until I started to retire and contacted the SSAdmin. This is a disgrace..had I known much earlier I could have enrolled in more annunities. I have been told..I don’t know if it is true or not that the motion was made by congress when this was decided that congress was not to inform anyone about this ss.change..Is that true.. I say let’s get a good attorned and go for !!!. It is a ponzi scheme first class. Pat Evans

    1. Please follow through. So many of us are caught in this. The United States (Congress) is defaulting on a contract with some of its workers. No one seems to care!!

    2. Dear Sylvia,

      We are doing as much as we can toward repeal of the GPO/WEP, however we are not a large funded organization with lots of resources and connections. We are a group of volunteers who have gathered together and formed ssfairness.org as a site where we can all communicate with each other. Our Action Alerts are our attempt to make a difference and be heard in regard to this issue. Whether or not our impact is felt depends on how many of us follow through with the suggested actions. So, thank you for your interest and support and we hope you are able to find the time to write the multiple letters we have requested and continue to send the same message over and over to the decision makers in Congress. Only with numbers will be heard and our message is doubly difficult as we have to educate people about the GPO/WEP first. It is not a widely known or understood issue.

    3. You’re right. it’s no widely known. Even people that will eventurally be impacted don’t know it’s coming. Why not start getting some air time exposure to the problem such as Fox News. The Factor would be a good beginning after all, Bill O’Reilly is a former teacher himself.

      Thanks for responding to my comment. I have been trying for years to get the attention of Texas congressmen. Henry Cisneros, my present congressman, does not even have the courtesy of acknowleding my telephone calls or e-mails.

    4. Over the 30 years of GPO and WEP, there has been major TV coverage of the these offsets, so I am told. If you would like to help us contact Bill O”Reilly regarding this issue, I suggest you write a sample letter regarding the problems and send it to us at ssfairness to respond to. Once agreed upon, it can be sent on behalf of our 2,800 members. Of course this website can be referenced along with the 2 PowerPoint presentations which clearly explain the reasons repeal is needed.

  3. HUSBAND DIED 2008…CALLED SOCIAL SECURITY…SS SAID SORRY YOU CANNOT COLLECT SURVIVOR’S BENEFITS UNTIL YOU ARE 62 AND THEN YOU ARE WORKING SO YOU WILL BE PENALIZED BECAUSE YOU WORK UNTIL YOU TURN 66….CRIED ALL DAY. DECIDED TO RETIRE…CALLED SS. SS SAID SORRY YOU HAVE WORKED FOR A SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR 25 YEARS SO YOU WILL PENALIZED…CRIED ALL DAY. I REALLY DON’T UNDERSTAND…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE REPEAL THE GOP/WEP. MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES ARE WORKING HARD AND DOING ALL THE RIGHT “STUFF” TO SURVIVE AND WE KEEP GETTING “PENALIZED”. EVEN THOSE OF US WHO BUY INSURANCE AND PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN PREMIUMS FOR HEALTH CARE, THEN LIE IN A BED NEXT TO SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE INSURANCE AND BRAGS ABOUT HOW THEY DON’T HAVE TO PAY ANYTHING! HELP US, PLEASE.

    1. Totally unfair. I, too, have been penalized all these years and have called and written congressmen to no avail. I chose to work rather than collect welfare and now am punished for working in education. The govt has not honored their contract when they took my husband’s Social Security money. I hope someone will listen and take action.

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