NEA Campaigns to Strengthen Social Security
NEA Campaigns To Strengthen Social Security
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The National Education Association helped launch a campaign to protect and strengthen Social Security, joining 60 national and state labor unions and other organizations, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, National Organization of Women, NAACP, SEIU, Alliance for Retired Americans, and Moveon.org. The groups convened recently at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Social Security and to kick off the Strengthen Social Security campaign. NEA is especially concerned about how cuts to Social Security would affect women, who make up the vast majority of NEA’s membership. More than half of Social Security beneficiaries at age 65 are women, and by age 85, women account for 71 percent of those receiving benefits. Anything that weakens Social Security is especially bad for educators, and even more so for women, said NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. “We have workers who have paid into the system all of their working lives, and to deny them what they deserve is simply wrong,” Van Roekel said. Educators, who often enter the classroom right out of college, must already work up to 45 years in their profession before they qualify for unreduced Social Security benefits. Increasing the retirement age would be a hardship for those who may not be able to handle the rigors of teaching in their later years. Read more:
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Putnam City West High Students in Ohio
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