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What is SOAR

SOAR
The Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) was established in 1985 to provide retirees with an organization to enable them to continue to act collectively on issues of concern to working families, both active and retired, and as a means to continue to interact socially with co-workers.
SOAR currently has a membership of approximately 70,000 in the U.S. and Canada. This membership is made up of retired members and their spouses.

The Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) is dedicated to providing a vehicle for retirees and their spouses to remain active and involved in the union and in their communities; through community groups, and labor bodies as well as their own Chapter activities.

SOAR serves as a source for activists to participate in legislative and political activities related to issues of concern to retired workers, as well as active workers. Some of their activities include rallies in support of striking workers, rallies in D.C. and at stat…

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I'm Hooked on Social Security and Medicare--Thank you President Obama

Nutty Indiana Chamber President

The Kokomo Tribune has a comment by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Kevin Brinegar in which he states that Representatives and Senators that voted for the so called Right to Work bill were simply doing the "right thing to do for Indiana". Now that has got to be the nuttiest statement I've ever heard.

My guess is that since he thinks that way, he would be one that would be a freeloader that would expect other workers to pay for his bargained contract and pay for his defense if he were ever to be disciplined unjustly.

Nutty.......and just plain cheap.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert February 24, 2012 edition

New Rule Would Provide Home Health Workers with Minimum Wage
The Alliance’s friends at American Rights at Work remind us that even in 2012, millions of workers are without minimum wage protections.  More shocking is that 2.5 million of these unprotected workers are those who provide critical care to seniors and the disabled in their homes. “Without minimum wage and overtime protections, the home care workforce suffers from low-wages, high turnover, stress and exhaustion,” the organization’s blog states (http://bit.ly/z7XXVJ). Despite the industry's rapid growth, fueled in part by the rising number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age, many workers also lack health insurance, allowances for travel time or paid time off.

In order to improve both these jobs and the quality of care provided, the Obama Administration has proposed a rule that would extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home care workers, long considered exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The r…

Kate Smith Introduces God Bless America

Have You Noticed?

By Jim Centner

Many state legislatures have spent the last year making it harder for minorities and other groups that support Democrats to vote, obstructing health care reform, weakening environmental regulations and attacking public and private sector unions. You may be surprised to find out that all of these efforts are being backed by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative organization financed by millions of corporate dollars.

ALEC has been around since1973. It gets a great deal of its funding from Exxon Mobil, the Olin and Scaife families and foundations tied to the infamous Koch Industries, that has been linked to the upheaval in Wisconsin over public sector bargaining rights. ALEC board members consist of representatives from some of our country’s largest corporations.

ALEC has written model legislation on a host of subjects dear to corporate and conservative interests, and supporting lawmakers have introduced these bills in dozens of states.  A recen…

Something is Missing

by Connie Entrekin

I hope all of you have been watching the roller-coaster event commonly referred to as the Republican Presidential primary. Every week a new front runner, but slowly the field is starting to work its way to its eventual conclusion and a candidate will emerge. One thing I must say, it’s been entertaining as each candidate fights for the nomination of their party. 

One thing I noticed is the lack of meaningful conversation about what our presidential candidates have planned for Social Security and Medicare. Even in Florida, a state with a large retiree population, details about the candidates' Social Security and Medicare proposals were largely missing as the candidates travel across the state to garner support. Even in the primary debates the silence has been deafening. Why?

I believe plans to privatize or cut Social Security and Medicare under the guise of deficit reduction represent a larger political disconnect between politicians and the average American vot…

Beware of The Republican Plans

By Bill Gibbons

Beware of the deception by the Republican leadership to cover up their plans to destroy Medicare and Social Security as we know it and divide the Country along generational lines.

We have observed the Republicans’ attack on workers and their unions and the gradual decline of the middle class. When the obvious decline of the middle class is mentioned, as compared to transfer of wealth to those at the economic top, we are accused of engaging in class warfare.

But now we have the policy makers of the Republican Party and Presidential candidates suggesting or proposing plans to dismantle Medicare and creating generational division. For example, Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) who has prepared a plan to privatize Medicare as part of the GOP budget to be introduced in March provides that; seniors over age 55, when they become Medicare eligible, can get a voucher to cover medical care up to a maximum or keep the current system. Those under 55 will not be eligible for Medicare as we kno…

Could Richard John "Rick" Santorum Become our next Saint?

Richard Santorum who is wanting to be the next president of the United States seems to be at the same time wanting to be what? The next Roman Catholic Cardinal? Pope?
This guy is just way too much.
I get a kick out people who question a fellow Christian's Christianity.
Such an ego this guy has.
I'll tell you another thing....this guy blinks way too much when he tries to explain his snafus.
Watch for those blinks.

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert February 17, 2012 edition

Coyle Concerned About Proposed Means-Testing for Medicare
President Obama released his FY 2013 budget on Monday. While his administration does not propose changes to Social Security, there are several Medicare proposals which could cause beneficiaries to pay increased out-of-pocket expenses over time. One proposal would increase the number and share of beneficiaries who pay a higher, income-related premium. According to a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation (http://bit.ly/zd7msE), means-testing could lead higher-income, healthier seniors to drop out of Medicare Part B and self-insure, leaving behind a smaller, less healthy group of seniors who would pay higher premiums. Additionally, Kaiser noted that over time, the income thresholds involved could be frozen, resulting in higher premiums for those who, by today's standards, may not be considered higher-income seniors.

“Means-testing opens the door to changing the unique, historical structure of Medicare as a broad, social-…

The Case For Social Security

Income of Willard Romney

Mitt Romney Earns More by 6:00 a.m. Than Many Seniors Do in a Year

by Barbara J. Easterling

In 2010 Mitt Romney made $21.7 million, while that same year the average senior citizen received $14,000 in Social Security benefits.

Put another way, Mitt Romney made more by 6:00 a.m. on January 1 than many retirees did the entire year.  His daily income was over four times greater than many seniors’ annual income.

Why does this matter?  Shouldn’t his finances be none of our business?  To me, it matters because of how sharply it contrasts with his plans to increase the Social Security retirement age, lower benefits for some seniors, and let Wall Street gamble away – and profit from – a privatized Social Security system.  It reflects a cold indifference to those less fortunate.

Seniors – along with younger generations who worry if they will ever be able to retire – need to keep a close eye on politicians this year.  For example, Romney’s stance on Social Security does not match his telling a g…

Ketty Lester - Love Letters

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert February 10, 2012 edition

White House Twitter Event Answers Seniors’ Policy Questions
On Monday, the White House’s Jon Carson, Director of the Office of Public Engagement, held a “Tweet-up” and conference call for seniors with Kathy Greenlee, Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Alliance for Retired Americans members seized the opportunity to get their health care, Medicare, and Social Security policy questions answered using Twitter and social networking. Approximately 90 questions were emailed to the Alliance or sent in via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter in advance of the event, and the participating Administration officials answered several of them. White House staff considered the event one of the most successful Tweet-up events they have hosted, based on the number of questions received, activity in the days leading up to the event, and the level of enthusiasm. “Even many Alliance state chapters who do not yet have a strong presence on Twitter were abl…

Indiana Unions Rally After Right to Work Passes

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert February 3, 2012

White House, Alliance for Retired Americans to Host Twitter Q&A on Senior Issues
Do you want to know more about the Affordable Care Act and dispel the myths about it? Want to ask administration officials about strengthening Social Security and Medicare for you, your kids and grandkids? Have other questions for the White House? Now’s your chance to ask and participate! The White House Office of Public Engagement is hosting a Twitter Q&A and conference call with the Alliance for Retired Americans this Monday, February 6th from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time to answer your questions about aging, retirement and politics. The call is a follow-up to President Obama’s recent State of the Union address. Answering your questions during the Q&A


* Jon Carson (@JonCarson44), the director of the Office of Public Engagement
* Kathy Greenlee (@hhsgov), Assistant Secretary for Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 

Send your question to us before the Q&A by tweeting it to …

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Indiana Republicans Pass Freeloaders Bill

Wednesday Feb. 1, 2012
Media Contact: Jeff Harris, Indiana State AFL-CIO, 317.632.9147

INDIANA AFL-CIO PRESIDENT REACTS TO PASSAGE 
OF RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS BILL
Guyott says RTW law worst in a generation; laments negative impacts on working families



INDIANAPOLIS – Following today’s passage of the so-called “right to work” law, Indiana State AFL-CIO President Nancy Guyott issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all working men and women across Indiana, we are extremely disappointed that the Indiana General Assembly has passed the “right to work for less” bill today. They have set our state upon a path that will lead to lower wages for all working Hoosiers, less safety at work, and less dignity and security in old age or ill health. Indiana’s elected officials have given the wrong answer to the most important question of this generation.

I am reminded of the saying "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," and it seems especially fitting today. …