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USW Calls for Paycheck Fairness

For Immediate Release: May 30, 2012
Contact: R.J. Hufnagel, 412-562-2450,

USW Calls for Paycheck Fairness
Mitt Romney as Republican Presidential Nominee Should End Silence

(Pittsburgh)– The United Steelworkers (USW) today called on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to end his silence on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill under consideration in the U.S. Senate that would provide greater protection to women who suffer because of sex-based pay discrimination.

“In this environment, when more hard-working women are the sole wage-earners for their families, it is particularly vital that we provide them with every tool to fight discrimination by their employers,” said USW International President Leo W. Gerard. “Throughout this primary season, we have seen Republican candidates take aim at women’s rights. It is time for Mitt Romney to end his party’s despicable war on women and support this bill.”
Romney has not responded to repeated media inquiries seeking his positio…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-25-12

Alan Simpson Unleashes Outrageous Attack on California Alliance Seniors
When former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY), co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, ran into California Alliance (CARA) seniors in March, they let him know that they do not support his ideas for addressing the national debt. The activists picketed his appearance in Oakland, where he was trying to grow support for his recommendations. They also passed out a flyer that drew attention to how Simpson’s policies would affect those who are now young. In particular, they called him out on his plan to cut guaranteed Social Security benefits by raising the retirement age and lowering cost-of-living adjustments.

Simpson later went home to Wyoming and wrote a letter responding to the protesters, and he mailed it to CARA last week. By this Wednesday, that letter had gained national attention in publications including Politico (, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Po…

Brain Farts

Steelworkers Celebrate 70 Years

This week members and friends of the United Steelworkers Union along with members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees celebrated 70 years of working for Justice for workers and retirees at the Cleveland, Ohio, Convention Center where this proud union was born.
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USW Mobile Alerts Program

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Let's Rebuild America with S. 2252

                                                     Rebuild America Act S. 2252

On March 29, 2012, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Rebuild America Act (RAA), a bill that will reinvigorate our economy by investing in areas like education and workforce training, our nation’s infrastructure, manufacturing jobs, and retirement security. As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions, Senator Harkin held hearings and events that examined ways to tackle the problem of the shrinking middle class, the engine that drives our nation’s economic growth. The Rebuild America Act reflects a commitment to restore the middle class and return retirement security to all Americans.

                                       The Rebuild America Act Strengthens Social Security

The Rebuild America Act includes a number of provisions that strengthen Social Security by improving the solvency of the Social Security Trust Funds and, at the same time, improve the benefit…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-13-12

Alliance Members in Northeast Round out the 2012 Regional Meetings
Over 150 Alliance members from northeastern states gathered this week in Philadelphia for workshops and presentations to help educate and mobilize retirees for the 2012 elections.  Retiree activists participated in training sessions to learn the latest developments on Medicare and health care reform from experts Kathleen Otte, Jaime Torres and Joanne Grossi of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; information on how Social Security will affect this year’s elections; and strategies for grassroots organizing and fund-raising.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) spoke at the convention luncheon on Tuesday. Other speakers included Pennsylvania Alliance President Jean Friday; Secretary-Treasurer of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO Liz McElroy; national Alliance President Barbara J. Easterling; Government and Political Affairs Director Rich Fiesta, who outlined 2012 electoral issues and the importance of the senior vote; and Tris…

10 Things to Love about Social Security and Medicare

10 Things to Love about Social Security and MedicareBy NCPSSM | April 5, 2012

Americans love their Social Security and Medicare yet these earned benefit programs continue to be the focus of attacks like the GOP/Ryan Budget or the endless slew of “bipartisan” commissions like Simpson Bowles or the Gang of Six. Here are 10 reasons why workers, retirees, the disabled and their families love Social Security and Medicare and how these benefits are so vital to middle class Americans:

1. Social Security benefits are guaranteed. Unlike savings and investments, you can’t outlive your benefits. Social Security benefits are especially vital to women, who live on average longer than men.

2.Social Security benefits are protected from inflation. Social Security is one of the few retirement programs that provide an automatic annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to beneficiaries. The annual COLA is intended to ensure that retirees, survivors and the disabled …

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-11-12

Retirees Would Pay an Extra $20,000 if Supreme Court Overturns Health Reform
Retirees may pay about $20,000 more for medical care if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the 2010 health care overhaul, according to a report from Fidelity Investments. Passage of the health law saved money for seniors, who among other benefits gained additional coverage for prescription drugs and free preventive care. The cost of losing those benefits, should the court overturn the law, would be about $20,000 before their deaths, according to Sunit Patel, senior vice president for Fidelity Benefits Consulting and the leader of the project.

The Supreme Court is weighing whether the law’s requirement that most Americans have health insurance is constitutional, and if not, how much of the law to overturn. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the likely Republican nominee for president in November’s election, has said he would repeal the entire law “as quickly as possible” should he take office. According …

Seniors' Well-Being Jeopardized

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May 10, 2012                                                         

                                                   House Republicans’ Budget Reconciliation Bill
                                                              Jeopardizes Seniors’ Well-Being

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the House passage of the Republicans’ Budget Reconciliation Bill:

“Today the House passed the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act. In doing so, they took the country further down the path set by their Budget Committee Chairman, Paul Ryan - a path that jeopardizes seniors' health so that the wealthiest 1% can continue to …

USW Rejects Romney's Attack on Unions

For Immediate Release:  May 9, 2012

Contact:   Gary Hubbard, 202-256-8125,
    Wayne Ranick, 412-562-2444;

USW Rejects Romney’s Attack on Unions and President Obama
As guardians of the middle class, we will expose Republican distortions and lies

Pittsburgh (May 9) – Leo W. Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers (USW), today was critical of Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney’s dishonest attack on President Obama and American labor unions in remarks he made at the Lansing Community College.

Gerard said, “President Obama has listened to us as American workers and laid out a vision of the America we need. One that creates jobs and prosperity for all Americans and not the 1% who have looted the economy as presumed Republican candidate Romney did when he led his private equity firm known as Bain Capital.

“Romney’s latest attack on American unions and President Obama in his address at the  community college in Michigan is what we’ve come to expect …

Get the Facts on Mitt Romney and Big Oil

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert May 4, 2012

Alliance Members Prepare for 2012 Elections at Southern Regional Meeting
Over 70 Alliance members from southern states gathered this week in Orlando for workshops and presentations to help educate and mobilize retirees for this fall’s elections.  Retiree activists participated in training sessions to learn the latest developments on Social Security and Medicare; how to use the media and new on-line communications tools to reach seniors in their community; and how to strengthen their grassroots organizing and fund-raising efforts.

Speakers included Florida Alliance President Tony Fransetta, national Secretary-Treasurer Ruben Burks, Executive Director Edward F. Coyle, and Government and Political Affairs Director Rich Fiesta, who outlined 2012 electoral issues and strategies and the importance of the senior vote; Ben Belton from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Trishala Deb from Caring Across Generations, and Krystal Knight from the Medicare Rights Center, who discussed …

Outrageous, Women of Steel E-News May 1, 2012

United Steelworkers, Women of Steel Honoring our past, protecting our future, Women of Steel Vote

Out·ra· geous  (out-rā’ jәs) adj. Exceeding the bounds of what is right and proper. (Webster’s New Riverside Dictionary). 
This word aptly describes the Republican’s war on women over the past two years. This group is trying to destroy the middle-class and anything that supports this hard-working group of people.  They want to take us back to a time where women have no control of their bodies and minds, and have created an illusion of mass voter fraud to make it difficult - if not impossible - for many to vote, just to name a few.  We say:  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Welcome to Outrageous, a weekly update to keep you informed of the latest maniacal offerings from extremists, who have taken over the Republican Party, with links to information so you can understand what is really behind their madness.  Please use the material to start a dialogue with your union brothers and sisters, co-workers, family an…

Scrap the Cap on Social Security

All of the hoopla about Social Security going bust is just that...hoopla. Every time the Social Security Trustees come out with their report, the right wingers try to make a big deal about it, but look.
Here's what the report says:

Trustees project Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until the year 2033.  After that, Social Security will have sufficient revenue to pay about 75% of benefits.Social Security is still well funded.  In 2012, with the economy showing slow signs of recovery, Social Security’s total income still exceeded its expenses by over $57 billion. In fact, the Trustees estimate that total annual income is expected to exceed program obligations until 2020.Beneficiaries will likely see a Cost of Living Allowance increase of 1.8% in 2013. So retirees, this is not a big deal. Social Security, like every other part of life needs to adjusted once in awhile to simply make sure it's working and healthy. Not a big deal. A few minor adjustments is all that…

Garden Plantings

Early warm weather in northern Indiana brought fruit buds and blossoms out early in the season followed by two hard freezes. This set all fruit crops back for a poor season this year. Even potatoes got hit but seem to be coming back.

Cool weather crops like turnips, spinach, peas and lettuce seem to be doing well.

The last frost date is probably about May 15 but we're having one week of warm weather with nite time temperatures above 50 degrees so tomato plants could be put in now as long as you're prepared to cover them with buckets just in case. Shortly after that, peppers can be put in.