News from the Economic and Social Justice Team
Date: Wednesday, June 4th
Time: 6:00 pm PDT, 7:00 PM MDT, 8:00 PM CDT, 9:00 PM EDT
Number: (559) 726-1300; Access Code: 781761#
About the Call Wednesday
Congress has cut 14 out of the last 16 SSA budget requests. The SSA’s administrative budget doesn’t affect the deficit; Social Security is 100% self-funded. Administration costs less than 1% of the SSA budget. These cuts don’t help the fiscal health of Social Security. They hurt Social Security recipients.
The annual statement of benefits is no longer mailed. Field offices are closing, down to 46 from 92 in 2010. Busy signals on SSA’s phone lines have doubled in the last year. Wait times for disability hearings are now at 396 days. Slated for elimination are SS# printouts and benefit verification forms needed by low income recipients who apply for other forms of assistance.
Join our guest Mr. Witold Skwierczynski, president of the American Federation of Government Employees National Council of SSA Field Operations Locals. AFGE Council 220 represents about 25,000.00 Social Security employees in field offices and telephone centers nationwide.
AFGE Council 220 members working at Social Security are as frustrated as many beneficiaries. They are actively opposing the austerity agenda to eliminate Social Security’s human interaction with beneficiaries and claimants.
Join our call to hear about plans to decimate Social Security, what the American Federation of Government Employees is doing, and what PDA can do to help save Social Security.
If you cannot make the call, click here to find the recording link (please scroll down to almost the bottom of the page and look to the right column to find links to the prior months’ calls). All issue team calls are posted by 9 am EST the next day on the team’s web page, following the live call.
Please join our Google group for discussion of legislation.
- HR 377 – Paycheck Fairness Act
- HR 1000 – Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment and Training Act
- HR 1579 – Inclusive Prosperity Act of 2013 (Robin Hood Tax)
- HR 2821 – American Jobs Act of 2013
- HR 3118 – Strengthen Social Security Act of 2013
- S 567 – Strengthen Social Security Act of 2013
- H Con Res 34 – Chained CPI should NOT be used to calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security or veterans benefits
- S Con Res 15 – Chained CPI should NOT be used calculate cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security or veterans benefits
Please click on the links to the legislation above and VOTE on PopVox. This is a tool that Congressional members do use to get information on public support for or against legislation. Your input is crucial!
Economic and Social Justice Team Mission
The enormous wealth disparity between the top 1% and the rest of America is an unsustainable economic and social injustice. We are committed to an economic recovery that employs all those willing and able, that houses all those needing shelter, and that imposes the cost based on the ability to pay. To find out more about our team, please visit us here.
PDA Letter Drops
Next Letter Drop: June 18th
Letter drops may be scheduled anytime during the week of June 15th. Once you have completed you letter drop, let us know and we will follow up with a phone call. Remember, the purpose is to make our elected representatives in the Congress aware of progressive legislation and to educate them on it, and we can’t do it without you, and there are a number of way to do this. Some folks just drop off the letter, while others schedule appointments to speak to staffers in their home district offices. Some go as individuals, some go as groups, and some go with a coalition. How ever you decide to do it, we’d love to get a picture of you delivering the letter.
For more information about the letter drops, please go here: Educate Congress Page. The letter you download can be customized and includes basic information on the legislation. It’s simple, and it makes a difference!
PDA Round Table in Washington DC
Next Round Table: June 18th
Join us either online by clicking here or in person each month. This month we unveiled our new 21st Century Civil Rights Agenda at the Progressive Roundtable and were joined by Congressmen Keith Ellison (MN-05), John Conyers (MI-13), and Jim McGovern (MA-02). Plus, we enjoyed the exciting company of leaders such as Michael Lighty, Political Director, National Nurses United; Mark Dudzic, National Coordinator of the Labor Campaign for Single Payer Healthcare; Stephen Miles, Coalition Coordinator of Win Without War; and Larry Syverson of Military Families Speak Out. You can watch the PDA Round Table LIVE or check back anytime at your convenience for the most recent broadcast.
Latest News from our Page
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SSA Bargaining Unit Employees: SSA is now seeking your ideas for a Vision 2025 plan. What SSA is not telling you is that they already have a draft plan that is a product of the Academy with the framework of that plan given to the Academy by SSA leadership. The draft plan…
Read more here!
Invisible Social Security Cuts: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t
The unseen hand of antigovernment ideology can be found everywhere nowadays – even in your mailbox. The proof is in what you won’t find there, like your annual statement of earned Social Security benefits. The government stopped mailing those out in 2011. It’s also getting a lot harder to find Social Security…
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