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Six ways the agency, its employees, and the American people will be hurt if they get their way:

1. A 10-day furlough of all SSA employees

2. An agency-wide hiring freeze

3. A reduction in local office hours

4. Permanent closing of many field offices

5. Increases in wait times on the national 1-800 number and field offices

6. An increase in processing time for benefits

 

On every paycheck you earn, you’re made a promise. The money deducted for Social Security is a promise that protects us all against the risk of lost income for our family in the event of the disability or death of a breadwinner, and in retirement. Social Security isn’t just a promise from the U.S. Government – it’s a commitment we’ve made to each other.

Social Security helps everyone, from the retirees who receive benefits after decades of hard work, to millions of children who depend on it to survive. In 2014, 3.2 million American kids directly received Social Security benefits, mostly as the result of a parent passing away. It also serves as a lifeline to the 10 million workers who are too injured to work, or disabled.

LINK: More information

 

DID YOU GET THIS NOTICE ABOUT YOUR FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT?

On March 1, 2016, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) awarded the Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS) contract to WageWorkEOBs, Inc.  Effective Thursday, September 1, 2016, the FSAFEDS program will transition administration from ADP to WageWorks.  The current phone number, fax number, and website (www.FSAFEDS.com) will continue to be used, once WageWorks assumes administration of FSAFEDS. 

There will, however, be a blackout period, as part of the transition of contractors, when certain services are not accessible or available.

 Below are the blackout dates for specific FSAFEDS services:

Claims Submission

·The claims submission blackout period begins on Saturday, July 30, 2016 and ends Thursday, September 1, 2016.  This means that no claims can be submitted during this period.

· Participants must submit any eligible claims electronically by 4:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, July 29, 2016.  If submitted by mail, then claims must be postmarked by Wednesday, July 20, 2016, to be processed prior to the start of the blackout period.

· All approved claims submitted by these deadlines will be paid by Monday, August 8, 2016.

· Any eligible claims that are not submitted prior to these deadlines – and claims for any expenses you incur during the blackout period – can be submitted beginning Thursday, September 1, 2016.

· Paperless reimbursement claims will be suspended on Friday, July 29, 2016 as well, and processing of these claims will resume on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Website & Phone Line

·  The website and phone line will transition between Friday, August 26, 2016 and Thursday, September 1, 2016.

· The website, for general research, will not be available between Friday, August 26, 2016 and Thursday, September 1, 2016.

· During the phone line transition from Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. eastern time to Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. eastern time, employees will not be able to reach a representative and will receive a prerecorded message.

·  Participants also cannot access their online accounts during the transition period of 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, August 26, 2016 to 9:00 a.m. eastern time on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Fax Number

· The same fax number will be used by WageWorks; however, the fax number should not be used during the transition period of Saturday, July 30, 2016 to Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Plan-year dates, election amount, and available balance will remain the same.

Participants will receive additional information and/or reminders over the next few months from FSAFEDS.

FSAFEDS will also communicate if any of the above dates will change.

Questions regarding FSAFEDS, including this transition, can be directed to FSAFEDS at (877) 372-3337 orFSAFEDS@ADP.com.

21st Annual Great America Trip/Picnic

July 30, 2016

GREAT AMERICA

GREAT AMERICA

 

Members Cost:

$40.00 Park Admission, Limit 5                                  ($68.99 value)

Includes:    FREE Meal (3:30 – 5:00)                           ($30.00 value)

Includes:    FREE Hurricane Harbor                             ($5.00 value)

Includes:    FREE Refillable Season Drink Bottles**     ($15.99 value )

Includes:    FREE Summer Thrill Pass- return thru 9/5    ($68.99 value)

Options: upgrade Thrill Pass to FULL Season pass- cost $15.00 at park

 (Includes Hurricane Harbor &  Fright Fest)

**Refillable Season Drink Bottles:  

1 free bottle for 1-3 tickets — 2 free bottles 4-5 ***LIMIT OF 100 (While supplies last)

 

PAYMENT METHODS

Cash:                         Exact Amount only, (No change available) ID Required

OR

Money Order:               Payable to: AFGE Local 1395 —— NO CHECKS

 WHERE TO  PURCHASE  TICKETS

Union Office:                Wed. – Fri. 12:00 to 1:00 —- (Lunch only)

EFFECTIVE: Thursday July 7th

MAIL IN DEADLINE JULY 17, 2016Tickets By Mail:

AFGE Local 1395

ATTN: Great America

600 W. Madison, 6th fl., Chicago, IL 60661

312-575-5615

(Must include: Full Name, Mailing Address, & Daytime Phone,

                                  Money orders only)

 

                                                   NO REFUNDS

 

     

FREE ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT LUNCH

Southern Fried Chicken,

Grilled Chicken Breast w/lettuce, tomato, bun

Hot Dogs, Corn Cobbette,

Mostaccioli w/Marinara Sauce

Potato Salad, Pasta Salad,  Potato Chips, Fruit Medley,

Premium Ice Cream

 Classic Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, & Lemonade

                                                                                     

 

 

In Rememberance

May 30th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Events | Holidays - (0 Comments)

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Keep the Promise to Veterans

Congress’ VA Commission on Care has been rigged against veterans from the start. It is stacked with for-profit, pro-privatization hospital executives who have called for shutting down VA hospitals and selling out veterans’ health care and your job to the lowest bidder. Veterans overwhelming prefer the VA for their health care. We must stand together and urge lawmakers to keep the promise we’ve made to veterans for their sacrifice.

Take Action Now

 Call Congress at 844-913-7574

 Tell the Commission on Care: Don’t Privatize the VA

Spread the Word

Share these recent Op-Eds and news articles that expose the true purpose of the Commission on Care.

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SETTLEMENT UPDATE;scales

The Agency has began releasing, on a staggered basis, $654.00 to employees included in this grievance settlement effective May 2016.

 

Click below to Read the Final IVOLSettlement Agreement between AFGE and Social Security Administration.

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Growing Stronger Every Day!

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Big Enough to Win- Update

Where are the Discounts?

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Discounts

Discounts

ARE YOU IN?

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The 24th annual National Association of Letter Carriers’
Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is on

Saturday, May 14, 2016.

Food Drive
The 24th annual Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the nation’s largest one-day, providing letter carriers, other postal employees and thousands of volunteers across the nation the opportunity to meld their forces together to conduct the drive in their local communities.

“Letter carriers touch every residential and business address in this country at least six days a week,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said, “and our continued effort in the fight against hunger—often in our own neighborhoods—has made us all too familiar with the staggering numbers of people in need.”

The availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to acquire such food, is limited or uncertain for 1 in 6 Americans, many of whom are in households with at least one person working.

Last year’s drive collected approximately 71 million pounds of non-perishable food that was left in bags next to postal customers’ mailboxes. It was the 12th consecutive year that letter carriers have collected more than 70 million pounds of food, and it brought the drive’s grand total to more than 1.4 billion pounds of food collected.

The drive is held each year on the second Saturday in May, and so Saturday, May 14, has for months been circled on the calendars of hunger-relief advocates who have watched as food supplies collected during winter holiday drives dwindle day by day. The drive also comes just before many school systems end their academic years, and that often can mean a suspension in subsidized meals for many students.

The food drive’s national partners are the U.S. Postal Service, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO and Valassis.stamp-out-hunger-

Your Letter Carrier will collect non-perishable food left on your porch.

 

You’ve Got Mail!

April 26th, 2016 | Posted by admin in Did you know? | New Address - (0 Comments)

Haven’t Heard From Us In A While?Updates

There’s probably a reason for that.  And that reason could be an outdated address, email address, telephone number, or all of the above. That’s why we designated every January as AFGE’s Data Update Month. After reaching an important milestone of 300,000 members in 2015, we have been working to make sure that we have the most accurate contact information for everyone. AFGE thanks our members and leaders who took the time to update your information.

Here are the results:

Phone numbers: 13,529 people updated their phone number, for a 709% increase over the monthly average.

Addresses: 4,521 people updated their addresses in June for 109% increase. Email: 11,010 people entered a new email or updated their existing email, for a 74% increase over normal monthly activity.

Government Standard: 1,000 people opted for electronic Government Standard. If you haven’t updated your individual and/or local information, please do so today at  Updates.

Link:  The Government Standard