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Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-30-14

The Alliance Releases Annual Voting Record Rating Congress
Early Social Security Claims Linked to Job Demands and Life Expectancy
Skyrocketing Median CEO Pay Tops $10 Million
Social Security Administration Considering Closing Most Field Offices
Fiesta Joins Sinema at Tele-Town Hall Call Regarding Seniors and Veterans
Voting Restrictions Threaten to Disenfranchise Voters Across South

The Alliance Releases Annual Voting Record Rating Congress
On Thursday, the Alliance released its annual report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Representative and Senator on issues important to current and future retirees. The voting record looks at 10 key votes in both the Senate and the House and assigns a “Pro-Retiree” score for each member of Congress. Scores reflect a member’s level of support for retirees and older Americans.
This year, votes examined include whether to:
•    raise the retirement age and fast-track cuts to Social Security;
•    privatize Medicare;
•    turn Medicaid into a…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-23-14

Quality Home Care and Public Sector Unions at Risk in Supreme Court Case
More than 13,600 Activists Sign Petition Objecting to Sen. Rubio’s Retirement Plan
Resolutions Passed at Las Vegas Convention Now Online
Hearings Examine Strengthening Social Security, Medicare’s “Observation Status”
Anti-Worker Bills Die in Missouri Legislature
Fiesta Joins Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Convention in Atlanta

Quality Home Care and Public Sector Unions at Risk in Supreme Court Case
In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling in Harris v. Quinn, a case involving the payment of union dues by public-sector home health workers in Illinois. The decision could come as early as next week or as late as the end of June. The case, backed by the anti-union National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, was brought by an Illinois woman who argues that the mandatory payment of union dues is a violation of her free speech rights.

Long standing Supreme Court precedent allows public-…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-16-14

Marco Rubio Proposes Dismantling Medicare and Raising the Retirement Age
Gender Gap Continues for Female Workers in Retirement
Striking Fast Food Workers Stage Protests Across the Globe
States Refuse to Expand Medicaid and Still See Increased Enrollment
A Rose by Any Other Name...

Marco Rubio Proposes Dismantling Medicare and Raising the Retirement Age
On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) gave a speech at the National Press Club in which he laid out his sweeping proposal to confront the nation’s retirement security crisis through cuts to Social Security and Medicare. Rubio is widely viewed as a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.  In addition to laying out policy changes involving retirement savings plans and incentives for older workers to remain in the workforce, Senator Rubio proposed raising the retirement age, a move that would force millions of Americans to work longer to collect the benefits they have earned. Although Senator Rubio cited…

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-9-14

Aging Baby Boomers Expected to Almost Double Nation’s Senior Population
Age Divide among Voters is Especially Pronounced in North Carolina
Letter to U.S. Trade Representative Voices Concerns over Trans-Pacific Partnership
Hospital Readmission is more likely if Patient is Unmarried, from High–Poverty Area
Deciding When to Take Social Security Benefits? Attend a NASI Webinar on May 14th
The Alliance Remembers Joyce Hermanstorfer
Victorious Kentucky Derby Trainer, 77, is Oldest Winner Ever

Aging Baby Boomers Expected to Almost Double Nation’s Senior Population
Two newly released reports from the U.S. Census Bureau project that the 65-and-older population in the United States will nearly double by 2050. That segment of the population is expected to jump from 43.1 million in 2012 to 83.7 million in 2050. The majority of the growth is projected to occur between 2012 and 2030, as baby boomers hit retirement age. In addition, the older population is expected to include increasing levels of…

Lynn Williams Obit


Obituary |  Condolences

        With great sadness, his children announce the peaceful passing of Lynn at the Harold and Grace Baker Centre, Toronto, on May 5, 2014, at the age of 89. Beloved husband of 53 years of the late Audrey Williams, Lynn will be deeply missed by his sister, Carol, and her husband, Doug Head and their family, and his four children and 11 grandchildren, Judy Hocking, Sarah and Michael, David and Sharon Williams, Rebecca, Jeremy, Evan and Christopher, Barbara Williams and Christopher Dossett, Amanda, Kimberly and Gregory, Brian Williams and Julie BĂ©langer, Gabriel and Soline. Lynn devoted his working life and passion to the labor movement, seeking to bring the power of working people to the negotiating table to achieve a fair and prosperous society.

In Canada and the United States, he spent 38 wonderful years with the United Steelworkers of America, serving as its first-ever Canadian Presi…

Working at the polls is not an easy job

On the evening of May 5, I received a phone call asking me if I would serve as a "judge" in a voting place the following day. I agreed to help even though I had no idea what I would be asked to do.

I reported at 5 am on primary election day and was dismissed at 6:30 pm.

On election day in past years, I simply went to the polls to vote. Oh, on occasion, I've helped as, what I would call,  a runner, taking the elderly or those who needed transportation to the polling place, or simply going around to different locations to find out voting information as to who might need to be reminded to vote. That sort of stuff but never actually working inside.

I've always taken the process for granted. It just seemed to just work pretty well and I never questioned it or even realized how much work is involved in making sure the voting goes well.

For this, I'm a little bit ashamed.

I now admire those who are willing to give up an entire day to undertake such a thankless duty. I a…

Indiana Congressional voting record for retirees

The Congressional Voting Record for Indiana by the Alliance for Retired Americans, 113th Congress, 1st session, January 2013 to December 2013:
CD 1 Congressman Pete Visclosky (D) Pro Retiree Score: 90% lifetime 95
CD 2 Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) Pro Retiree Score: 0% lifetime 0%
CD 3 Stutzman (R) Pro Retiree Score: 0% lifetime 0%
CD 4 Representative Todd Rokita (R) Pro Retiree Score: 10% lifetime 3%
CD 5 Brooks (R) Pro Retiree Score: 10% lifetime 10%
CD 6 Messer (R) Pro Retiree Score: 0% lifetime 0%
CD 7 Congressman André Carson (D) Pro Retiree Score 100% lifetime 100%
CD 8 Rep. Larry Bucshon (R) Pro Retiree Score 0% lifetime 0%
CD 9 Young (R) Pro Retiree Score 10% lifetime 3%

Alliance for Retired Americans Friday Alert 5-2-14

Barbara Easterling, Ruben Burks Re-elected as Leaders of the Alliance;
Conference Includes Broad Range of Speakers – and Vice President Biden by Video;
May is Older Americans Month; Alliance Unveils Medicare Turns 50 Campaign;
Photos from the Convention;
Resolutions Address Social Security Field Office Closings, Wealth Inequality, More;
Minimum Wage Bill does not Advance in the Senate

Barbara Easterling, Ruben Burks Re-elected as Leaders of the Alliance
The Alliance’s 2014 national convention took place in Las Vegas, Nevada on Monday through Thursday of this week. On Tuesday, Barbara J. Easterling, who has been President of the Alliance since February of 2009, was re-elected to a four-year term. Prior to joining the Alliance, Ms. Easterling had served as the Secretary-Treasurer of the Communications Workers of America and the AFL-CIO. “I want to take the opportunity to thank each and every one of you for the work you do all year long to make the Alliance the outstanding organizatio…