WHEREAS, more than one half million retired public employees have their Social Security benefits significantly reduced or removed completely because the Social Security Act includes two penalties: the Government Pension Offset (GPO) which reduces the amount of Social Security spousal benefit by two-thirds or more, and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), which reduces the Social Security benefit already earned from public/private sector jobs because of the separate but added public pension benefit, and
WHEREAS, these penalties cause significant financial hardship and penalize only public employees (e.g. Teachers, Police Dept., Fire Dept.) who paid into Social Security and have also earned a pension in the public sector, and
WHEREAS, these penalties are entirely unjust, discriminatory and punitive against public employees, and Social Security benefits should be paid to every public employees and their survivors.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges the Congress and President to eliminate this double standard and provide public employees’ earned and paid-for Social Security benefits by repealing the WEP and GPO penalties; and
THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Los Angeles Democratic Party will send this resolution to President Barack Obama and California’s Democratic Congressional delegation.
Authors: Bob Gerecke, 41st AD Delegate and Loren Scott
Passed by LACDP 10/8/13