Retired, but fighting: ARA stands up for Social Security (video)


Barbara Easterling is president of the 4-million-member Alliance for Retired Americans. The People's World interviewed her this week during the convention of the Communications Workers of America, July 12, in Las Vegas. Easterling, who was a telephone worker in Akron, Ohio, is the former international secretary-treasurer of CWA.

The Alliance for Retired Americans and the Coalition on Human Needs are among organizations hosting a toll-free number to call U.S. senators, July 14-15, at 1-866-251-4044, to tell Congress: No cuts to Social Security!

Here, Easterling explains that Social Security has a surplus of $3 trillion and is not part of the deficit. Some of her key points: The best way to guarantee Social Security's long-term stability is to raise the salary cap. Cuts to Medicaid affect seniors too. Working people shouldn't have to labor until they are 70. And the younger generation has a stake in Social Security.


Photo: Communications Workers of America retirees are active with the union and with ARA. (Teresa Albano/PW)

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  • I disagree that Democrats are for retirees. They throw in the Social Security and Medicaid together with Tax increase for the wealthy - that never happens - to reduce deficits. In fact all that Democrats and Republicans have done so far is to extend Bush tax cut for the wealthy and freeze Social Security.

    Posted by Al, 10/06/2011 12:26pm (4 years ago)

  • Scrap the cap!
    We need to raise benefits and reduce retirement age.
    Reducing retirement age will open up jobs for younger people. Raising benefits is critical because so many workers have lost their pension plans or are dependent on very undependable 401 k plans.

    Posted by Bobbie, 07/18/2011 2:21pm (4 years ago)

  • Peoples World Susan Webb wrote an article on how Netflix are leaving millions of deaf people out by making videos without subtitles. And here is a video posted by Peoples World without subtitles? Is this some kind of joke?

    Posted by beth, 07/18/2011 1:29am (4 years ago)

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