SOCIAL SECURITY PROTEST
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 · 10:30 am
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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES PROTEST BUDGET CUTS
THAT THREATEN VITAL SERVICES FOR SOCIAL SECURITY
The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) and Social Security workers are deeply worried that the proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 federal budget for the Social Security Administration would have a devastating impact on the services provided to seniors, the disabled and the families who have lost a parent or spouse.
Sequestration could cut $600 million, while other alternative proposals, such as the Paul Ryan Budget or the Simpson/Bowles recommendations, could cut up to $1 billion from the Agency’s inadequate funding levels. Threats of across the board cuts still exist. If such cuts become law, the budget cuts would lead to possible furloughs, an ongoing hiring freeze, and additional loss of 3000 workers, and
Cutting Social Security’s budget at a time that record baby boomers are seeking benefits is another example of bad Washington politics. By law, the operations expenses for Social Security are paid by the Social Security Trust Fund.
Social Security does not account for the current deficit problem. In fact, Social Security neither increases nor reduces the federal deficit since the program is entirely self- financed.
In protest of these proposed cuts, thousands of Social Security workers will be protesting across the country to stop the assault on SSA’s ability to serve the American public. .
WHAT: An information picket at the HARLINGEN, TX Social Security office.
WHEN: 10:30am-1pm; Wednesday, December 5, 2012
WHERE: 2005 W JEFFERSON AVE; HARLINGEN, TX
WHO: AFGE Local 3388 from Social Security will be participating in the protest with SSA workers, and other community activists who have been invited to voice their concerns about service delivery at Social Security.
AFGE represents 50,000 Social Security workers and over 600,000 employees in the federal government. AFGE is the largest federal Union for government employees in the United States, as well as the District of Columbia.