Social Safety Net Social Security

On Saving Social Security

The government is now referring to our Social Security checks as a “Federal Benefit Payment.” This isn’t a benefit. It is our money paid out of our earned income! Not only did we all contribute to Social Security but our employers did too. It totaled 15% of our income before taxes. If you averaged $30K […]

Social Security

Social Security: The Swiss Army Knife of American public policy

The next time you hear a Very Serious Person’s pronouncement about Social Security’s supposedly impending doom, remember: an individual’s interest in seeing Social Security thrive is usually a) inversely proportional to their wealth but b) directly proportional to their empathy for others. How else to explain the effort by the Trump administration and certain members of Congress to pull the economic rug out from under a […]

Social Security

Resolution in Support of Accessible Community-Based Social Security Administration Service Delivery

WHEREAS record numbers of clients are visiting and calling Social Security Administration (SSA) offices to receive the services and benefits that they have earned over a lifetime of work, and facing record waiting times before finally having the chance to speak to an SSA employee trained to assist in navigating the agency’s complex programs; and […]

Activism Social Security

Social Security: Why It's Not Broke & How We Can Expand It

When: Monday, February 23, 7 – 8:30 p.m. What: Forum: “Social Security: Why It’s Not Broke & How We Can Expand It” Speakers: Nancy Altman & Eric Kingson, authors of Social Security WORKS!: Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke & How Expanding It Will Help Us All Joining them on the program: Seattle City Council […]

Social Security

Forum on Expanding Social Security in Seattle Monday 2/23

Nancy Altman will be one of the featured speakers in a forum on Monday, February 23, in Seattle entitled “Social Security – Why It’s Not Broke and How We Can Expand It”. Joining Ms. Altman on the program will be Seattle City Council member, Kshama Sawant, and Washington State Labor Council President, Jeff Johnson. Social […]

Economic Justice Minimum wage Social Security

Increase wages to protect Social Security Trust Fund

This week the Social Security Trustees reported that our FICA contributions plus interest, net of all benefits paid out, have increased the Social Security Trust Fund by $32 billion. The trustees also forecast that Social Security benefits are completely sustainable for the next two decades. The media hasn’t played these reports up much, perhaps because […]

Economic Justice Medicare Politics Social Safety Net Social Security

Stop the 50 “Ribble Republicans” from cutting Social Security and Medicare

Our federal government is being held hostage by a band of Republican extremists who want to radically re-shape our country. While Republicans have made high-profile attempts to defund President Obama’s signature health care law, that’s not their only target. 50 House Republicans, led by Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin , sent a letter to Speaker […]

Activism Labor Medicare Social Security

Demonstrate on Labor Day to protect Social Security and Medicare

Demonstrate & March on Labor Day for: Social Security & Medicare Preserve Them! Strengthen Them! Pass Them On! Labor Day, September 2, 2013 The annual Labor Day Celebration sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. County LaborCouncil is the venue for this demonstration. People arriving later than 10 a.m. can meet us at N 50th […]

Democrats Social Security

Resolution in Opposition to Cuts in Social Security

We have adopted the following Resolution in Opposition to Cuts in Social Security. The full text is below. At our last meeting it was urged that our members take this resolution to their LD and County Democratic organization to seek adoption. As we edge closer to this issue being taken up in Congress, it’s especially […]

Activism Medicare Social Security

Labor Day action for Soc. Sec. & Medicare

Demonstrate & March on Labor Day for: Social Security & Medicare Preserve Them! Strengthen Them! Pass Them On! Labor Day, September 2, 2013 The annual Labor Day Celebration sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. County LaborCouncil is the venue for this demonstration. People arriving later than 10 a.m. can meet us at N 50th […]