Aug 27, 2014

Union Schedules Rally To Oppose Field Office Cuts

     From a press release issued by the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), the union that represents most employees of the Social Security Administration:
Hundreds of union activists from the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) will rally at the Minneapolis Social Security Field Office Wednesday, Aug. 27 to shed light on the Social Security Administration’s plan to close virtually every field office in Minnesota and across the country ...
When: 3:00 p.m. CDT Wednesday, August 27
Where: Minneapolis SSA Field Office; 1811 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr.
  • House Democratic Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer
  • Senator Al Franken (Invited)
  • U.S. Representative Rick Nolan
  • U.S. Representative Keith Ellison (Invited)
  • U.S. Representative Betty McCollum (Invited)
  • Minneapolis Social Security Beneficiary Marie Milsten-Fiedler
  • Labor activists and Social Security employees who provide vital public services


Anonymous said...

SSA should keep a certain number of FO open in each state.SSA should close or eliminate the national 800# call centers. SSA should close or eliminate the appeals council. SSA should move quickly to impliment an enhance online service,thusly replacing the poor national 800# service.

Anonymous said...

This is bogus. SSA has no plans "to close virtually every field office" Some field office consolidations and closings make perfect business sense in the changing tech environment

Anonymous said...

These people (AFGE and politicians) should know better, but neither ever miss an opportunity to grand stand.

There will always be an SSA field office structure, but it will be smaller, and co-located with other government offices (VA, IRS, etc.)along with state and local government offices. It's all about economies of scale. We're running out of money folks. It's time for taxpayers to demand efficiencies in government and a cut in excessive overhead, and that includes in personnel costs.