In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the persons or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) released the Republican budget plan today that can be described best by the famous quote from baseball philosopher Yogi Berra, “Déjà vu all over again.” Yep, it’s the same old tired—uh, we’ll call it stuff—Ryan and the Republicans have been trying to peddle for years.
Richard J. Fiesta has been named the Alliance for Retired Americans’ new executive director, succeeding Edward F. Coyle, who has managed and grown the 4 million-member grassroots advocacy organization since its 2001 founding. The Alliance’s Executive Board voted unanimously to appoint Fiesta, effective Dec. 1.
Next year, the millions of Social Security recipients will see the smallest cost-of-living adjustment ever—just 1.5% or about $19 a month. If the politicians—and their billionaire friends who don’t want to pay the same taxes workers do—who are pressing hard for the "chained" CPI benefit cut had their way, the adjustment would be even smaller than 2014’s historic low.
Working families activists led by the Alliance for Retired Americans and Congressional Progressive Caucus are taking their message to Capitol Hill today in a Human Chain Against "Chained" CPI rally, telling Congress it is absolutely unacceptable to cut Social Security benefits.
If you are in the Washington, D.C., area Thursday, come join hands with members of the Alliance for Retired Americans and the Congressional Progressive Caucus in a Human Chain Against "Chained" CPI on Capitol Hill.
While there’s a move—led by Republican lawmakers but with support from some Democrats—to cut Social Security benefits through a so-called “chained" CPI and raise the retirement age, a bill introduced in the House this week goes in the other direction: it strengthens Social Security benefits.
This week, we celebrate Social Security's 78th anniversary. There is a lot to celebrate. For nearly eight decades, Social Security has provided seniors with a secure retirement income and prevented retirees from falling into poverty. Social Security lifts more than 21 million Americans out of poverty, including over 14 million seniors. It is doing just what it was designed to do.