Letter to the Editor: Repeal the Social Security Offset

By Dolores Manzanares

Right now, all civil service retirees across the U.S. are having their Social Security cut by two-thirds.

Social Security keeps two-thirds of their Social Security earning and only gives the retiree one-third. This is affecting teachers, firemen, police officers, mail carriers, and anyone working in civil service, city, county, federal and state jobs.

Example: If the civil service retiree is entitled to $1,500 a month in Social Security benefits, they will ONLY receive one-third of it, or a total of $500 per month.

As of 1983, civil service retiree can no longer “double-dip” (new term) which means they can not receive two pensions, one from their employer and one from Social Security. They can only receive ONE full pension and one-third of what they put into Social Security before working as a civil service employee.

This is unconstitutional and Senator Elizabeth Warren is asking to amend Title II of the Social Security Act to repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision that was passed by Congress in 1983 with 197 members of the House and Senate voting for it to pass.

I hope that by writing to our Congressmembers and Senators, we can get them to have a change of heart and to repeal this unfair law, because it did more damage than good to our hard-working men and women who retired under the civil service system.

The evidence is clear: the homeless situation can be alleviated if people’s FULL SOCIAL SECURITY IS RESTORED.

Seniors’ standard of living is at an all time low. Hopefully, Americans can support Senator Elizabeth Warren’s efforts, S.1651, the Social Security Fairness Act, and urge Congress to REPEAL the Government Pension Offset.

 

 

For more information, visit www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1651/all-info

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One Response to “Letter to the Editor: Repeal the Social Security Offset”

  1. Rebecca Whitmore on November 2nd, 2017 4:26 pm

    Please end the Windfall Elimination Provision. I have been a career teacher. In my early years I was a public school teacher special education teachers and I did pay social security. Then I moved to DC Public schools to help with school reform and I was shocked that I was not allowed to pay social security. Now I find my social security will be greatly reduced simply because I moved to a different school system. I will also have a penalty for the benefits I would otherwise be eligible for with my husband’s social security.

    If I had stayed working in Montgomery county in Maryland, I would have gotten both a pension and full social security benefits. Because I moved across to DC to work with inner city needy students, my retirement income will be greatly reduced.

    Please end Title II of the Social Security Act and repeal the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision.

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