The Social Security Administration has closed 80 field offices in the past few years, and it has big plans for closing even more. Click to download a shocking graph of closures: Graph of Office Closings FY-10-14
In-person service is critical to ensuring complex questions are answered and that customers receive the benefits they earned. That’s why over 43 million Americans visited SSA field offices last year. Do your part to stop office closures – write your members of Congress today!
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is in the process of creating new rules that may determine how open the Internet will be, who will profit most from it and whether start-ups will face new barriers that will make it harder for ideas to flourish.
Hey AFGE Local 1395 members, let’s MOBILIZE! Representatives Gerry Connolly and Jim Moran of Virginia recently introduced an AFGE-backed bill that would give federal employees a 3.3% raise in 2015. The increase would apply both to General Schedule employees and hourly workers. Call your U.S. Rep and ask him/her to sponsor The Fair Act – H.R. 4306. We need sponsors from Illinois!
Join the Illinois Labor History Society, the Chicago Federation of Labor and Jobs with Justice for May Day 2014 to celebrate International Workers’ Day and march for workers’ rights.
Thursday, May 1
Corner of Randolph & Des Plaines in Chicago
Letter sent to the House concerning field offices:
On December 5th, the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced that its network of 1250 field offices will no longer provide Social Security Number (SSN) printouts or benefit verification forms to the public. The change, which was scheduled to begin April 1, was delayed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees because of serious concerns about the harsh impact of this plan on low-income and unemployed Americans, as well as those without computers, printers or computer expertise. It is now scheduled to begin on August 1. (more…)
Public employees and their unions are frequent scapegoats when elected officials seek to score political points or contract out government services. But despite what you may have read, there are many examples of productive labor-management relations in the public sector. A new report released by the Jobs With Justice Education Fund, Improving Government Through Labor-Management Collaboration and Employee Ingenuity, profiles how public employees and their unions are working collaboratively with management to improve the way government runs.