Getting and Staying Active (and Activist)
One of This Active Life’s offerings in this issue is an article that focuses on getting active in anticipation of summer activities like gardening, traveling, and even chasing after grandchildren..
I’d like to ask our members to get active in another way—by registering your discontent with an issue we have more than a casual interest in: Social Security's Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP).
These unfair LAWS reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits that public employees have earned, and they can and do have devastating consequences for retirees who have spent their careers in public service only to find themselves teetering on the financial edge because of these unanticipated cuts in their benefits.
The good news is that in an attempt to redress these wrongs, in December 2011, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the Senate version of the Social Security Fairness Act (S. 2010), which would repeal the GPO and WEP. Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) had previously introduced the bill in the House (H.R. 1332).
This legislation needs your help. So as you commit to getting active for the summer, make a parallel commitment to become an activist on behalf of your fellow retirees. Below are some ways you can get involved:
- See if your Representative is a cosponsor.
- Urge your Senators and Representatives to cosponsor the Social Security Fairness Act.
- Use NEA’s Activist Toolkit to fight for GPO/WEP repeal
- Sign NEA’s Petition to Repeal GPO/WEP
- Sign the Social Security Works Coalition’s “Strengthen Social Security, Don’t Cut It” petition.