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Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Benefits

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WHEREAS, After 1965, California?s educators were not allowed to participate in the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The State Teachers? Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The benefits of certain members of the Public Employees? Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The public safety officers? retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including firefighters? unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security benefits payable to persons who are entitled to benefits under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security benefits through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned benefits; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace officers, firefighters, and other public employees in California; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement benefits to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth;

The WEP/GPO:
? Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;
? Denies earned and paid for benefits;
? Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor benefits;

Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.

Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security benefits.

We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Offset.

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2 days ago
Charles C. from White Hall, AR writes:
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23 Years of Social Security payments made from paychecks drawn in the private sector are gone after becoming a Police Officer in order to better serve my community!!! How is that Fair???
4 days ago
Jane C. from Branford, CT signed.
5 days ago
Someone from West Monroe, LA writes:
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After teaching 40 years I have retired. My husband after working the same amount of time has retired as well. Since I draw a state pension I am ineligible to draw a single penny from SSA, even though I have worked and had social security drawn from jobs that were not associated with government employment. While I can better understand that scenario while my husband is alive; I find it very disheartening to understand that up on his death, I still will be INELIGBLE to receive a single penny for SSA. What is most disturbing is the fact that many wives, whether they have ever worked in any capacity (meaning they have never contributed financially to a pension or social security) are eligible for and are receiving a SSA monthly benefit of some portion based on their husband's benefit. I truly can't understand that rational. I don't want them to lose their benefits because they will probably need them when their benefits are all they will be receiving when their spouse dies. However, I think that if it is possible for them, it should be possible for spouses like me.
January 7, 2017
Someone from Sarasota, FL writes:
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My husband, who is Canadian, worked in Canada long enough to qualify for their social insurance. All $458 of it. He then married me and worked more than the 40 quarters to become eligible for Social Security. In addition, he waited until age 70 because at age 70, his payment should have been $789. Together, this is $1,287. HARDLY A WINDFALL. We needn't have worried. The SSA took care of the windfall for him. Now his TOTAL for the month from US SSA is $320. Minus his $134 for Medicare. This is so disheartening. He waited to file because the difference, for him, between full retirement age and 70 added 32%. Now he is receiving LESS THAN HALF of the benefit he worked hard to earn. Does anyone realize that if a person is on unemployment their payment could be as much as $1600 a month? Why should he be penalized for something he earned? HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
January 6, 2017
Someone from New Haven, CT signed.
January 4, 2017
Becky Z. from Saint Louis, MO writes:
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Congress is just ridiculous. Just out for themselves. Why not repeal WEP/GOP? It is the money we paid in. And you take it away. No regard for us.
December 26, 2016
Someone from West Hills, CA writes:
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I have been cheated by my government since retiring at 68 years of age in 1976,signed numerous petitions and even made contributions, to no avail. Year after year I have been hoping for help, I paid into social security for 40 quarters, now that I need help (I'll be 89 in less than a month) where is my government?
December 26, 2016
Someone from West Hills, CA writes:
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I have been cheated by my government since retiring at 68 years of age in 1976,signed numerous petitions and even made contributions, to no avail. Year after year I have been hoping for help, I paid into social security for 40 quarters, now that I need help (I'll be 89 in less than a month) where is my government?
December 16, 2016
Kathy D. from Nelsonville, OH writes:
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When I landed my civil service job, I was a single mom on ADC. It was a long time before I learned I would lose half of my social security benefits from my prior work history. The WEP/GPO penalties are so unfair. I'm losing more than 50% and can't even get a satisfactory response to help me understand why it's more. Setting aside the fact that I really do need it, these penalties are grossly unfair to those of us who earned these benefits whether we earned them our spouse earned them. Actually, we had no choice but to contribute, same as our employers were required to match our contributions. To me, the government is steeling it away from me. Because they create the laws to allow them to do so doesn't make it right. We earned these benefits. And they want them while they give obscene tax breaks to the wealthy. Please, please, please work to get these penalties repealed. They hurt the people who are already hurting the most.
December 16, 2016
Kenneth B. from Brick, NJ writes:
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I want to know what Donald Trump thinks about the WEP/GPO The WEP/GPO must be repealed. It is totally illegal in my opinion. I had requested it in (The Plain Writing Act) from Obama and not received it. This was not made to take money away from poor hard working people. If you pay into SS you should receive what you are entitled to, including spousal benefits. It should have nothing to do with any Government jobs which your paid into a different retirement plan. This is the United States of America, where everybody is supposed to be treated equal. This makes working for the Government a disgrace. It is no different then me saving for future by stuffing my mattress and the Government coming and taking it out. Ken Barychko