Vice President Biden meets with
seniors about retirement security
Three AFT retiree members were among more than 100 community activists from around the country who gathered at the White House for a briefing with Vice President Biden on issues affecting seniors and retired Americans. Carolyn Caulk-Smith (at left), who is retired from the Baltimore City Public Schools, told her story as an illustration of the threats to senior healthcare currently posed by Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and by the Ryan Republican Budget, which would convert Medicare’s guaranteed medical care into an inadequate health insurance voucher program.
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Retirees get road map for running a political campaign
A cadre of retired AFT members was in Washington, D.C., on June 26-28 learning how to engage their fellow retirees and motivate them to be politically active. In preparation for the 2012 presidential contest, the retirees—all from the battleground states of Florida, Michigan, New Mexico and Ohio—participated in the AFT's Political Training for Retirees. Organized by the AFT Retirees program, along with the national union's political and legislation departments, the attendees learned the nuts and bolts of running an effective political program in their retiree chapters.
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AFT convention starts in Detroit on July 27
More than 3,000 delegates from across the country will gather in Detroit for the AFT’s 2012 convention on July 27-30. Delegates will discuss how educators and public employees can play a leading role in improving their communities and the institutions in which they work in the face of budget cuts and anti-worker attacks. Participants will debate and vote on major union policies. AFT members also will engage in school supply drives, urban farming and other community service throughout Detroit.
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AFT highlights Obama’s record on retirement security
"Retirees for Obama" exposes stark differences between the presidential candidates on retirement issues. The AFT, which has endorsed President Obama for re-election, is urging members to become Retirees for Obama to make sure the union's priorities are at the forefront of his re-election campaign.
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Let’s not be the last generation to retire
Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security provide retirement security for all seniors. This year, all three programs are in jeopardy. The Alliance for Retired Americans’ summer 2012 campaign “Let’s not be the last generation to retire” is designed to keep programs that help seniors strong. With the upcoming anniversaries of Medicare and Medicaid (July 30) and Social Security (Aug. 14), Alliance members across the country will hold rallies and grass-roots events to meet with their elected officials to discuss the needs of current and future retirees.
Participate by logging on to the ARA website
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Legislators, Alliance members rebuke vote to repeal health reform
In July, Democratic leaders, the Alliance for Retired Americans and others gathered at the U.S. Capitol for a news conference to denounce congressional Republicans for voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
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Social Security opts for e-delivery of
annual earnings, benefits statements
Did you know that last year the U.S. Social Security Administration stopped mailing annual paper statements to workers under age 60? It caused a congressional stir and drew criticism from the Government Accountability Office, even though the motive was to save $70 million annually in printing and mailing. On May 1, the Social Security Administration started making statements available online. Social Security commissioner Michael Astrue says all workers who will be eligible for Social Security should check their statements annually to ensure the accuracy of the earnings information. The statements, Astrue adds, also help with financial planning.
Find out more at socialsecurity.gov