Social Security Advocates to Hold Protests at SSA Offices Across the Country on Wednesday, Dec. 5th

Coalition Group Says “Don’t throw Americans Social Security over the Fiscal Cliff”

WHAT: Informational pickets at more than 100 Social Security offices around the country

WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WHERE: Events will be held at SSA offices around the country including:

Alaska, Alabama, California, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Main national event:  Baltimore, MD  300 North Green Street near Lexington Market

WHO: American Federation of Government Employees Social Security employees

Social Security Works and numerous labor unions and other coalition groups

Thousands of Social Security employees at more than 100 Social Security offices across the country and representatives from a 200-plus member organization coalition are taking to the streets on Wednesday, December 5, in what the coalition is calling an effort to “save Social Security and Medicare” from extinction.

“Cutting Social Security’s budget or making modifications to Medicare and Medicaid should not be part of a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. These cuts will only punish Americans who count on Social Security and Medicare by adding to backlogs and limiting assistance to the American public, especially the poor, our seniors, the disabled and families that have lost a parent or spouse,” said Witold Skwierczynski, president of AFGE’s National Council of Social Security Field Operations Locals (NCSSFOL).

A recent study by the National Council of Social Security Field Operations Locals (NCSSFOL) on the potential impact of sequestration determined that if mandated, sequestration would require the Social Security Administration (SSA) to reduce its budget by 5.5 percent. As a result of those cuts, SSA would have to institute an agency-wide hiring freeze with the exception of the hearings operations. This would result in a loss of more than 3,500 SSA and DDS (Disability Determination Service) State employees. More than 300 contact stations would have to be closed, eliminating in-person services in many rural and remote sites. SSA would also have to indefinitely suspend mailing out Social Security statements thus eliminating an important link between young workers and the benefits they will receive when they retire. (For more information on the study and a full list of coalition partners go to www.preserveyoursocialsecurity.org)

Visit www.strengthensocialsecurity.org for more information about efforts to strengthen social security.

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