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Your Action is needed

Dear SOAR member,


Tell Congress: Don’t Cut OUR Social Security. CALL TODAY.

Join today’s National Call Congress Day at 1-866-529-7630 and tell your Senators to SAY NO to cutting our Social Security.

The Co-Chairs of the National Fiscal Commission have proposed deep cuts to Social Security – increasing the retirement age to 69, cutting benefits for middle-class workers and reducing annual Cost of Living Adjustments. We need your help to stop them!

Social Security is a promise that must not be broken—we’ve worked hard for it and paid taxes for it. Social Security belongs to our children, our parents, our neighbors and ourselves.

ACT NOW! Your voice needs to be heard.

Call your Senators RIGHT NOW at 1-866-529-7630. After providing your zip code you’ll be given a choice of which of your state’s two senators to be connected with. Call BOTH if you have the time. It only takes a minute each.

Tell the person who answers the phone:

"I am a voter/constituent living in [your state]. I am c…

Something to think about

A few months ago I was in Pittsburgh visiting a friend. While looking over his garden, I heard a ruckus and saw a fire coming from a car parked in the parking lot of a drivethru restaurant. You can see the video here. The fire was the result of the driver throwing his change into his ash tray which was missing the lighter. Evidently a dime got stuck in the hole where the lighter would normally be. The car was totalled.

Today, I was checking smoke detectors in the house and after replacing a weak battery, placed the old battery into my front pocket. Later this evening, all of a sudden I felt a burning sensation. Evidently the battery terminals had come in contact with some change in my pocket. Man, that battery was hot hot hot.

Tell Congress: Don't Carve Up Social Security

Tell Congress: Don’t Carve Up Social Security

The Co-Chairs of the National Fiscal Commission have proposed carving up Social Security like a Thanksgiving turkey. They want to increase the retirement age to 69 – making us work longer, deeply cut benefits for middle-class workers and reduce annual Cost of Living Adjustments. We need your help to stop them!

Join thousands of Americans in a National Call Congress Day on Tuesday, November 30—CAN WE COUNT ON YOU?

We need you to SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday, November 30th to TELL CONGRESS – DON’T CUT OUR SOCIAL SECURITY!

Social Security is a promise that must not be broken—we’ve worked hard for it and paid taxes for it. It belongs to all of us sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table.

Save the date to join the National Call Congress Day on Tuesday, November 30. The number to call is 1-866-529-7630. (*This phone number is not live yet, you must wait until the big call-in day!)

Call your United States Senators and your Representative. Tell them not…

Thoughts of Gardening

We're still enjoying lettuce hear in Northern Indiana gardens. Our leeks are still in the ground and since I've never eaten leeks before, I'll be glad when they find themselves in some soup or whatever you do with leeks.
Such nice weather we've had. Just like Spring. Garden catalogs are beginning to come in and soon, when the weather gets cold, I'll enjoy looking through them and deciding what to plant come Spring.
I suppose I could prune the raspberries for next year's growth, but it's a little to wet for me so I'll wait till Spring.
Last Friday was our SOAR Chapter meeting. We all brought in something to share for lunch with Mike Henning, our chapter Vice President bringing in a deep fried turkey. Gosh, was that ever good.

Unions Improve Happiness

People who live in countries with a high density of union membership are happier than those who do not.

So says Benjamin Radcliff, a professor at Notre Dame and the co-author of a study about unions in 14 nations.

His study crunched life-satisfaction data from several European countries, as well as Japan, Australia and the Unite States.

Radcliff said he found "a causal relationship" between happiness and the density of unions.
"People who have union jobs like their jobs better," he told reporters. "And that puts pressure on other employers to extend the same benefits and wages to compete with the union shops."

Denmark ranks near the top in both categories while the United States, by contrast, ranks in the bottom third for happiness among the countries studied.

Resource: USW@Work

Good year for a garden

What a great year it was for a garden. The only things left are leeks and lettuce. This will be the last week for harvest as the weather is supposed to get pretty cold.
Soon the seed catalogs will be arriving and as most gardeners, am looking forward to planning next years crops.

Nancy Dembowski Congratulated by SOAR

SOAR Chapter 30-18 President, Dorine Godinez (left) and SOAR International Secretary Treasurer, Charlie Averill (right) congratulate Indiana House District 17 Representative and SOAR member, Nancy Dembowski on her recent re-election.

Nancy Dembowski is a real winner

"To the hundreds of volunteers who made more than 15,000 phone calls, especially the teacher groups and union members who gave so many evening and weekend hours to our campaign, we can never thank you enough. To the Democratic Party organizations in Starke, Marshall and LaPorte counties who never fail to stand with me, I thank them for caring so much about the working families of this district. We will continue to stand for those working families and fight for them because they are the very foundation of this great district."

Nancy Dembowski, Indiana House District 17

Source: The Starke County Leader

Congratulations and the time

Congratulations Indiana State Representative Nancy Dembowski on her win in House District 17.
Congratulations to Nick Bourff for win for Starke County Prosecuting Attorney.
Congratulations to Joe Donnelly, Indiana District 2 Congressman.
You've all done very well, and the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees is proud of you all.

Now.......who the heck is responsible for it being dark outside in Starke County at 5 pm? That person shoud be..........I'm afraid to say.

Vote for America

Big day tomorrow. This election will have a huge impact on working families and retirees. Many things could be affected by the result.
Social SecurityMedicare“Right to Work for less”The minimum wageWorkers CompensationLabor lawsSafety lawsRetirement securityJobsEducationWarHealth CareHaving a garden for several years has taught me a great truth. Whatever type of seed that I put in the ground, that is what the crop will surely be. The result of tomorrow’s election will be no different; In this election, Americans will ultimately reap what they sow.
Please Vote!