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In the Face of Janus, AFL-CIO Launches Nationwide Ad Campaign Calling on Working People to Organize The AFL-CIO today announced a major, national print and digital ad campaign calling on workers to join together in the face of continued corporate assaults on the freedom to join together in union. An open letter to working people, penned by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, will run in USA Today, the Washington Post and regional newspapers in nine states, including Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Massachusetts. Trumka’s letter offers an urgent call to action: “If you want a raise, better benefits and the dignity of having a voice on the job, we’re saving a seat for

you. Join us— be a part of the fight to build a brighter future for you, your family and working people everywhere.” An accompanying digital ad campaign will target workers online and direct them to, a new website that outlines efforts by wealthy corporate interests to take away the freedoms of working people. Additionally, the website offers background on Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31, an upcoming Supreme Court case funded by the Koch brothers to deprive teachers, firefighters and other public-sector workers of their freedom to join together. It also offers resources for forming

a union and new union members last year, information more than three-quarters were about ongoing under the age of 35. organizing This trend has continued campaigns. steadily into 2018. Last month, This comes as a wave of nearly 15,000 workers organized collective action has continued unions in a single week, ranging to sweep the country. As striking from nurses and flight attendants teachers march and secure raises to Harvard graduate workers. even in anti-labor states, “From the boardroom to the working people from all steps of the Supreme Court, a backgrounds are embracing the dark web of corporate interests power of solidarity. Unions’ is trying to stop us with approval rating has broken everything it has,” writes above 60%, while Trumka. “But no matter what dissatisfaction with corporations any CEO or lobbyist does, we’re has risen to similarly high levels. standing up for the freedom to Young people, who are join together in a union.” disproportionately impacted by Contact: John Weber (202) corporate-driven policy 637-5018 decisions, have been leading the Major ad buy seizes on wave most recent surge in of collective action. unionization. Of the 262,000 See the ad HERE.

Media Backgrounder for Release of 2018 Social Security Trustees Report As reporters prepare to cover the soon-to-bereleased 2018 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports, Social Security Works provides you with this background analysis which summarizes what are likely to be the Social Security Report’s key findings (based on last year’s forecasts), and puts them in context. Please note that this backgrounder addresses only the Social Security’s cash benefits Trustees Report (Old Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance Trustees Report), and not the Medicare Trustees Report. In addition to reviewing this backgrounder, we invite you to speak with our president, Nancy Altman, who is a nationally recognized Social Security expert. (See her bio below.) We also urge you to review our fact sheet that discusses, among other things, misinterpretations

by non-experts caused by overemphasis of unrealistically long valuation periods. You may also want to read Columbia Journalism Review’s “Report Card on Social Security Coverage,” written in response to coverage of the 2012 Trustees Report. The most important takeaways from the 2018 Trustees Report will be that (1) Social Security has a large and growing surplus, and (2) Social Security is extremely affordable. At its most expensive, Social Security is projected to cost just around 6 percent of gross domestic product (“GDP”). Indeed, in

three-quarters of a century, Social Security will constitute just around 6.17 percent of GDP. That is consider ably lower, as a percentage of GDP, than Germany, Austria, France, and most other industrialized countries spend on their counterpart programs today! (In 2018, according to last year’s report, Social Security was projected to constitute just 4.93 percent of GDP.) The report will show that Social Security is fully and easily affordable. The question of whether to expand or cut Social Security’s modest benefits is a question of values

and choice, not affordability. Indeed, in light of Social Security’s near universality, efficiency, fairness in its benefit distribution, portability from job to job, and security, the obvious solution to the nation’s looming retirement income crisis, discussed below, is to increase Social Security’s modest benefits. The average annual benefit received by Social Security’s over 61 million beneficiaries is less than $15,000 this year. ...Read More


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