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Medicare Means Testing is a Benefit Cut for Middle-Income Workers

Photo courtesy of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare: www.ncpssm.org

Another cut to Medicare being floated by Republicans in the House and Senate for a lame-duck deal includes means testing Medicare, which is code for cutting Medicare benefits for middle-income workers

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Reducing Social Security COLAs Is a Big Benefit Cut for Current and Future Beneficiaries

We've told you about "chained" CPI and that it's a benefit cut and a "stealth" tax hike for working people. It's time to spread the word. 

New reports on the lame-duck Congress say that House Speaker John Boehner is pushing for Republican benefit cuts, including lowering the Social Security COLA (cost of living adjustment). Other Republicans are asking for a hike in the Medicare eligibility age, which is also a cut

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AFT’s Weingarten: ‘Schools Have to Be Safe Sanctuaries’

Illustration by Daniel M. Reck/Flickr

After Friday’s tragic massacre of 20 school children and six adults in Newtown, Conn., AFT President Randi Weingarten told "Meet the Press" yesterday, “Schools have to be safe sanctuaries…[there] has to be a conversation and action about both mental health as well as gun laws.”

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Only Two Days Left to Join Artstrike

Image by Xavier Viramontes

Aspiring artists have only until Wednesday, Dec. 19, to submit original works of art to Artstrike, the day of action put together by CultureStrike, 5D Stories and the Rebuild the Dream Innovation Fund. So far, numerous artists have contributed dozens of images, songs and videos to the project, all with the message directed at Congress that working families oppose benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and want the richest Americans to pay their fair share of taxes, which includes letting the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% expire.

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NYU Graduate Employees Call for Fair Election, Not More Legal Action

GSOC/UAW photo

More than 1,100 graduate student employees at New York University (NYU) and NYU-Poly have signed and delivered a letter to the university’s administration urging the school to respect their choice to join a union.

The letter was delivered in anticipation of a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that could reverse a 2004 decision by the then Bush-administration-controlled NLRB holding that graduate teaching and research assistants at private universities were not employees protected by federal labor law.

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