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USW, BF Goodrich Reach Tentative Settlement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       CONTACT: Larry Jackson,
Monday, July 29, 2013                                                                         (256) 546-6960,

USW, BF Goodrich Reach Tentative Contract Settlement

PITTSBURGH (July 29) – The United Steelworkers (USW) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with BF Goodrich covering 2,400 workers at facilities in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Fort Wayne, Ind.
The union and the tire company had been working since June on a new collective bargaining agreement. The previous contract expired on Saturday. The new agreement is scheduled to expire on July 30, 2016.
“Our goal throughout the bargaining process has been to reach an agreement that ensures a solid future both for our members and their families,” said USW Secretary-Treasurer Stan Johnson, who led the negotiations for the union, along BF Goodrich coordinator Larry Jackson. “This agreement represents a …

Friday Alert, 7-26-13

Retirees are under Attack in Detroit and Cincinnati
See all the Highlights from the July 2 Human Chain Day of Action
Alliance Prepares to Celebrate Medicare’s 48th Birthday Next Week
Affordable Care Act Will Cut Cost of Self-Insuring in New York By Half
Delaware Caps Co-Pays for Specialty Prescription Drugs – is Whole U.S. next?
Iowa Alliance Holds its Convention

Retirees are under Attack in Detroit and Cincinnati
Retirees are facing frightening new threats this week in two major U.S. cities - Detroit and Cincinnati. The first involves the city of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing, the largest filing by a local government in U.S. history. Because Michigan's constitution says that public pensions “shall not be diminished or impaired,” Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina had ruled last week that the bankruptcy filing violates the state constitution by jeopardizing the pensions of Detroit retirees. She had directed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to withdraw the bankruptcy …

Alliance for Retired Americans, Friday Alert for 7-19-13

Why Summertime Heat is Especially Dangerous for Seniors
Alliance Members Tell Their Stories of High Drug, Health Care Costs
Democratic Senate Majority Hinges on a Few 2014 Races as First Forecasts Come in
Social Security Begins to Accept Same-Sex Marriage Claims
Contest Backfires on Social Security Privatizer
Alliance Thanks Outgoing Senior Legislative Representative Sarah Byrne

Why Summertime Heat is Especially Dangerous for Seniors
Extreme summer heat causes thousands of heat-related illnesses in the U.S. each year, and kills more people than hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods and earthquakes combined. With the dramatic heat wave currently gripping so much of the U.S., seniors have been especially vulnerable recently. According to The Huffington Post, this is largely because the body's ability to regulate temperature through blood circulation and sweat glands tends to decline with age. Bodies of older adults also contain far less water than a younger person’s, and older…

Alliance for Retired Americans, Friday Alert, 7-12-13

Human Chain Effort: A Smashing Success in More than 50 U.S. Cities!
Republicans May Demand Earned Benefit Cuts in Exchange for Raising Debt Ceiling
Tell Congress: Co-Sponsor Rockefeller-Waxman Bill to Reduce High Drug Costs
Federal Budget Forecast Shows Smaller Deficit for this Year

Human Chain Effort: A Smashing Success in More than 50 U.S. Cities!
On July 2nd, the Alliance’s Human Chains events, designed to stop the chained CPI cut to Social Security benefits, took place in more than 50 cities and included more than 2,800 participants. Alliance members raised awareness of the chained CPI to many people who had never heard of it and led an effort to send over 108,000 emails to members of Congress. Activists’ voices were heard not only in the halls of Congress, but in towns and cities across the country. The idea for the Human Chain originated with the California Alliance, and the effort paid off, leading to more than 110 press hits nationally.

“Thank you to those who braved the r…

Alliance for Retired Americans Chained CPI Event

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2013
Contact: Laura Markwardt – 202/637-5178 or

Seniors to Form Human Chains in 50 Key Locations Protesting the Chained CPI Social Security Benefit Cut

“Some Cuts Never Heal”

Washington, DC--- Today, Tuesday, July 2nd, the Alliance for Retired Americans will sponsor a National Day of Action opposing the chained CPI Social Security benefit cut.

Members of the Alliance will work together to create a human chain in front of important locations to protest the chained CPI. More than 50 human chains will be formed in front of key Congressional offices and Federal buildings, as well as other strategic locations, in states around the country.

“The chained CPI would cut Social Security benefits by changing the cost of living adjustment (COLA) formula - and some cuts never heal!” said Edward F. Coyle, Executive Director of the Alliance.

The chained CPI is an immediate Social Security benefit cut, and it would result in an annual benefi…