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UE Political Action Updates

Don't Cut Social Security - Increase It

30 June, 2013

UE has always been a strong supporter of Social Security and Medicare, and has opposed all attempts to weaken these programs. For the past several years, as the general crises of retirement security and healthcare have worsened, UE has argued not only against cuts to these federal social insurance programs, but for moving in the opposite direction. We’ve been calling for our country’s political leaders to and expand Social Security and Medicare.

Phony Crisis: The Money is There for Social Security

30 June, 2013

One of the most effective lines of attack by the opponents of Social Security over the past three decades has been the notion that Social Security faces a catastrophic financial crisis, and therefore cannot survive in its present form.  Therefore, they say, benefits will have to be cut, the retirement age raised, or the whole program replaced with private investment accounts.

A Young Person's Guide to Social Security

24 June, 2013

Many young people have doubts about whether Social Security will be there when they need it. Their fears or misunderstanding are not surprising, because there’s been a relentless propaganda campaign against Social Security over the past 30 years, by corporations, politicians, pro-corporate “think tanks” and the media. The misinformation campaign has been especially aimed at young people, and is intensifying.

Why Government Spying and Surveillance Revelations Matter to Working People

11 June, 2013

Why do government spying and surveillance revelations matter to working people? First, let's consider that it is now confirmed that Big Brother -- and Big Business -- routinely spy-on your daily phone and internet activities, and the entire population apparently. The bottom line of the June 6 revelations by the Washington Post newspaper and the U.K.

The Sequester: Two Articles to Help Make Sense of This Nonsense

04 March, 2013

The sequester. It's kind of a nonsensical name, and maybe it should be, because the policy now being called "sequestration" or "the sequester" makes no sense at all. It officially went into effect on Friday, March 1, and unless Congress agrees to do something different, it will mean indiscriminate across-the-board cuts in most federal programs, although Social Security, Medicaid, and a few other programs were exempted.

UE Protestors Tell Top Senator, "Stop the Cuts, Tax the Rich"

13 December, 2012

Leaders and activists from UE Locals 1177 and1110, UE Western Region and Warehouse Workers for Justice (WWJ) protested outside the office of Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) in downtown Chicago on Monday, December 10, demanding that, in the so-called "Fiscal Cliff" negotiations, he oppose any cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or other important social safety net programs and instead impose higher tax rates on the rich. They joined protestors organized by Stand Up Chicago,, and Chicago Jobs with Justice in delivering postcards signed by over 5,000 individuals.