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Brendan Mullen Supports Keeping Jobs in America

A couple days ago, members of the Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) and the Alliance for Retired Americans came to the informational picket line made up of workers from the Cequent Towing company in Goshen, Indiana, who have been informed that the company is contimplating moving 450 jobs to Mexico.

Goshen is in Indiana Congressional District 3 and I really thought that the candidates running for congress near this district would show up in support of these workers.

Brendan Mullen came to the picket line and gave assurance to the workers that jobs would be one of his priorities if elected to congress. His appearance was very much appreciated by the workers. Although doing a lot of talking about bringing jobs to Indiana, Brendan's opponant, Jackie Walorski,  didn't see fit to make an appearance.

Many thanks to Brendan for lending his support to Hoosier workers.

The Truth About Congressman Pence

Congressman Mike Pence is no friend to Hoosier women.  During his 12 years in the U.S. House, Pence has earned his reputation as a far-right extremist. He is intent on limiting lifesaving, preventive health care for women and restricting health care choices for victims of rape and incest.  He also wants to limit economic and educational opportunities for women, and his voting record shows what his agenda will be if he is elected Governor.

Cong. Pence co-authored HR 374, the "personhood" initiative, which would make some forms of contraceptives illegal and prohibit abortions in all circumstances, including rape and incest.  The proposal provides no exceptions to a prohibition against termination of pregnancy and would likely lead to the outlawing of birth control pills and IUDs.

Cong. Pence co-sponsored legislation that would have redefined rape to cover only "forcible" rape, eliminating some incidences of incest and rape from the list of crimes against women.  He jo…

Rally in Goshen, Indiana

Rally Monday, October 29, 2012
Supporting Steelworkers--
Cequent, a manufacturer company in Goshen, Indiana is saying that they are moving to Mexico--
Help Save These Jobs

Stop Cequent of Goshen From sending our jobs to Mexico!
Rally & Informational Picket

Date: Monday Oct. 29th at 1PM est
Location: Gather in the parking lot of Menards in Goshen.
(1925 Lincolnway East (US 33), Goshen, IN)

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The Selling Out of America

Cequent Towing in Goshen, Indiana, announced to their employees and their union on October 18th that they had made a preliminary recommendation to shut down the Goshen facility and to move the work performed here in Goshen to Renosa, Mexico, for the purpose of securing lower wages and benefits for the employees producing the products made here in Goshen.
This recommendation was made even though the Collective Bargaining Agreement states:
During periods of layoff or reduced hours the Company shall not contract or outsource work customarily performed by the bargaining unit, provided the work can be performed by those employees.
The Union strongly protests the recommended move as it would violate the terms that Cequent Towing Products agreed toin 2011.

On October 25th in their earnings statement the parent Company of Cequent Towing Products announced in their earnings statement that the Company had third quarter sales of $335.9 million up 21% from 2011 third quarter earnings.

Goshen and the …

Undecided?

Undecided - You have got to be kidding me! I have voted in every Presidential election since I became old enough to vote.  Never in my lifetime, have the differences in the candidates on the issues pertaining to working class Americans ever been clearer. We have one candidate that caters to the rich and famous, who unabashedly campaigns on issues that will line the pockets of the wealthy while; depriving needed services to retirees, working Americans and the poor. The other candidate has demonstrated, through his first four years in office, that he is the President of all the people. He believes in a strong middle class and has promoted policies to rebuild a strong economy; that will enhance the quality of life of all Americans, not just a privileged few.

How can someone be undecided at this stage of the electoral process? Either you support the fated schemes of trickle-down economics, that created the worst recession since the Great Depression, or you support Barack Obama for reelect…

Veterans Support President Obama

Election Day is Rapidly Approaching

By the time you read this article, we will be less than two weeks away from what is probably the most important election of our lifetime. I know you all have heard this before. It seems like every election we say this and unfortunately, because of the world we live in, every election we mean it. Each election is a fight for our survival!

After listening to a year of campaigning from both parties, it is pretty clear that re-electing President Obama is in the best interest of working class America.  For retirees, he has pledged to protect Social Security and Medicare for years to come. He passed the “Affordable Care Act,” which provides much needed preventive screenings for Medicare recipients, closes the “doughnut hole” in the prescription drug program and extends the life of the Medicare Trust Fund.

To maintain a strong economy, President Obama is committed to re-building manufacturing. He has demonstrated his commitment to manufacturing by saving the auto industry and 350 million othe…

Cameras Don't Lie

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 10-19-12

Social Security Beneficiaries to Receive 1.7% COLA in 2013
More than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries will receive a 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment for 2013, U.S. government officials announced on Tuesday. For the average retiree recipient, the monthly benefit will rise by $21, to $1,261. The level of taxable maximum earnings for Social Security will increase to $113,700 in 2013, from the current maximum of $110,100 in 2012. “The modest inflationary increase in Social Security benefits is good news for seniors, but it could soon be greatly overshadowed by troubling political and legislative developments,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance.

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are running on a platform that would badly damage Social Security for current and future retirees,” Coyle added. “They continue to perpetuate the false and corrosive myth that Social Security fuels our national debt, wanting workers and retirees to pay the price for a budget deficit they…

Obama Pride: LGBT Americans for Obama

A message from Bruce Springsteen

October 17, 2012

Dear Friends:

The election is coming up on all of us and we all have strong feelings about it. I’ve been getting asked a lot about where I stand, so for those who are interested, here goes.

This presidential election is different than the last one because President Obama has a four year record to run on. Last time around, he carried with him a tremendous amount of hope and expectations. Unfortunately, due to the economic chaos the previous administration left him with, and the extraordinary intensity of the opposition, it turned into a really rough ride. But through grit, determination, and focus, the President has been able to do a great many things that many of us deeply support.

Domestically, that record includes working to increase and expand employment for all, protecting our all important social safety net, passing guaranteed health care for most of our citizens, with important new protections for all of the insured, rescuing the auto industry and so many of the Ame…

Seniors Face Uncertain Future

                 Social Security Increase Good News, but Seniors Face Uncertain Future

The following statement was issued today by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to a 1.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for Social Security.

“The modest inflationary increase in Social Security benefits is good news for seniors, but it could soon be greatly overshadowed by troubling political and legislative developments.

“Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are running on a platform that would badly damage Social Security for current and future retirees.  They continue to perpetuate the false and corrosive myth that Social Security fuels our national debt, wanting workers and retirees to pay the price for a budget deficit they did not cause.  The Romney-Ryan plan would cut benefits, raise the retirement age, and let Wall Street profit from a risky privatized system.

“The second threat to Social Security will be a lame-duck session of Congress that wil…

MIke Pence Bad for Indiana

Retiree Group Endorses Joe Donnelly for U.S. Senate

Yesterday, Alliance for Retired Americans members proudly endorsed Joe Donnelly for United States Senate from Indiana at a membership meeting and afternoon picnic in Anderson, Indiana.

Barbara Easterling, President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said, “Joe Donnelly has consistently demonstrated a strong determination to improve the quality of life for older Americans. His views on issues such as making essential services in health care, transportation, and housing widely available and affordable to seniors exhibit his commitment to seniors and all Hoosiers.”

Charlie Averill, Alliance Executive Board Member (above left) said that "Joe Donnelly has been the best Congressman I've ever had. He's always kept working families and retirees as a priority and he'll make a great U.S. Senator."

The Alliance for Retired Americans represents four million retirees, older Americans, and community activists, including over 120,000 members in Indiana.

Gregg-Simpson Ticket Endorsement

Today, Alliance for Retired Americans members proudly endorsed John Gregg for Governor at a membership meeting and afternoon picnic in Kokomo, Indiana.
Barbara Easterling, President of the Alliance for Retired Americans, said, “The Gregg-Simpson ticket has consistently demonstrated a strong determination to improve the quality of life for older Americans. Their views on issues such as making essential services in health care, transportation, and housing widely available and affordable to seniors exhibit their commitment to seniors and all Hoosiers.”
Easterling added, “As a State Senator, Vi Simpson fought many battles on behalf of middle class Hoosiers and women. She can be trusted to protect older Hoosiers’ interests as well.”
The Alliance for Retired Americans represents four million retirees, older Americans, and community activists, including over 120,000 members in Indiana.

Stark Choices in Tonight's Debate

Retiree Leader: Stark Choices for
Medicare in Tonight’s Debate

The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in advance of tonight’s vice-presidential debate.

“Tonight’s debate will address a fundamental question: does Medicare exist to protect seniors’ health or insurance companies’ wealth?

“Retirees, worried about losing their ability to see a doctor and fill a prescription, will tonight hear two diametrically different views on Medicare.  Vice President Biden can proudly tout the Administration’s landmark accomplishment of lowering the price of prescription drugs, giving seniors free access to life-saving tests and screenings, and strengthening Medicare’s finances by cracking down on wasteful and inefficient spending of tax dollars by private businesses.

“Contrasting this will be Rep. Paul Ryan, architect of a plan to dramatically change Medicare by steering seniors toward a risky voucher plan in which they would buy Med…

Romney Selling Out American Workers

Men, Take My Advise

There is a terrible program on HGTV called House Hunters. Take some advise from someone with experience having a wife that watches this program faithfully…..it’s bad.

Ladies get too many ideas from this program that not only will put you in the poor house but will create such a chaotic experience that you may not be able to sit down for a week or two.

I knew this would happen to me, but there was nothing I could do about it once it started. Whatever the trend might be at the time, they’ll want it done.

If the trend is carpeting, they’ll want carpeting.

If the trend is hard wood floors, that’s what you’ll be stuck with.

You’ll never have a moments rest.

Take it from me, never ever allow your wife to watch House Hunters. Change the channel before it's too late.

Well, that's all I want to say. It’s good advise. Take it or leave it. But if you don’t take it, just remember, I gave you fair warning.

Now, I have to get back to sweeping our new hard wood floors.

USW Founder Heads For A Better Place

George Edwards was born March 24, 1918 in Philip, South Dakota. His first award in life was the 201st birth certificate in the county. George grew up in a log and sod house in pre-school years. During WWII, George was stationed in Ft. Benning, Georgia, where he attended Officers Candidate School. After his discharge from the Army, he got his BA degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee before entering Oberlin Seminary where he took two years of theology with the intention of becoming a minister. He then took two years of law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

In 1942, George joined Local 1104 of the Steel Workers Organizing Committee (SWOC) in Lorain, Ohio, and later that same year, attended the Founding Convention of the USWA as a guest. George was a Machinist.

George was founding Editor of the union newspaper, the “Lorain Labor Leader” which at one time was the largest labor publication in the State of Ohio. George held various positions in his Loca…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 10-5-12

Debate Highlights the Differences between Romney and Obama
The first of three presidential debates took place on Wednesday, with President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney both striving to gain favor with the middle class and seniors. “Mitt Romney continued to hide the details about how he’d repeal Obamacare and still keep all of its benefits for seniors, such as more affordable prescription drugs and free preventive care,” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance. Coyle also said that Romney had relentlessly mischaracterized recent improvements to Medicare, “advancing his plan to gut traditional Medicare with a voucher-based scheme that gives more power and profits to the big insurance companies.”

“Even on a night when Obama wasn’t at his best, the President offered a more fair and honest path forward for seniors,” he continued. “Mitt Romney knows his explanations just don’t add up logically or mathematically and would hurt for the middle-class. He would …

Debate Showed Sharp Contrast

ALLIANCE FOR RETIRED AMERICANS 815 16th Street, NW, 4th Floor ¨ Washington, D.C. 20006 ¨ (202) 637-5399 ¨ www.retiredamericans.org For Immediate Release Contact: David Blank (202) 637-5275 October 3, 2012 dblank@retiredamericans.org Retiree Leader: Debate Showed Stark Contrast Between Two Candidates The following statement was issued by Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, in response to the first presidential debate. “Tonight’s debate showed the stark contrasts between the two candidates on key issues of Social Security and Medicare. “President Obama reaffirmed his strong commitment to Medicare and Social Security, two great American success stories. Mitt Romney, relentlessly mischaracterizing recent improvements to Medicare, advanced his plan to gut traditional Medicar…

Ah, Homegrown Sun Ripened Tomatoes

Here in Northern Indiana, we have at least one more week to enjoy homegrown, sun ripened tomatoes. Enjoy them while you can and remember to grab the green ones off the vines before a freeze. They'll ripen nicely in paper bags or covered by a newspaper. We'll have to wait until next summer to have this wonderful fruit.

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