Dec 10, 2010

Demonstration Outside Social Security Central Offices

From WBAL in Baltimore:
Employees frustrated with the federal government took their concerns to the Social Security building in Baltimore County on Friday, voicing anger about a possible freeze on federal pay and changes in Social Security.

WBAL-TV 11's Rob Roblin reported that the workers showed up in the snow at Social Security Administration headquarters in Woodlawn to let the government know that they want hands off Social Security.

"Hands off. the changes that they're proposing for Social Security (are) not good for anybody," said John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees. ...

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-District 7, said he appeared at the gathering to show his support for federal workers, saying he opposes the proposed Social Security changes.


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Anonymous said...

Were they protesting the proposals regarding employee salaries or the Social Security program? Most of my colleagues accept the fact that the salary freeze has to happen. We are willing to do our part--even though it is mostly symbolic. However, the part about reducing the amount of FICA taxes paid by employers is another thing. This will weaken the program, reduce the amount of money in the Trust Funds and provide people who want to eliminate Social Security with more reason to do so. And who will raise the "tax" later? Leave Social Security alone. It is an insurance program that the American people need and want.

John Herling said...

Reminds me of the time President Carter froze federal salaries during a time of rampant inflation - "to set a good example" - which employers didn't follow. Some time later, AFGE crowed triumphantly about securing a 7% pay increase for federal employees, at a time when inflation was double digits. That's when I lost my respect for the union.