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‘Supercommittee’ weighs its options
As a result of the recent debate on the nation’s debt ceiling, a congressional "supercommittee" has been created to find $1.2 trillion in budget savings over the next 10 years. Retirees are worried that those savings could come from cuts to programs they need the most—Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Find out more about how structural changes to these entitlement programs could reduce benefits, and why AFT retirees nationwide are lobbying their lawmakers and urging the super committee to refrain from making changes that could jeopardize a secure retirement for all.
Read more and find resources on how the debt ceiling deal will affect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
Leading by example
Christina Sharp highly recommends staying involved in the work of the union after retiring. Although she retired from teaching more than a decade ago, Sharp continues to work hard on behalf of her retired colleagues as well as active teachers.
Read more about Sharp’s “can-do” attitude, and how remaining active as a union volunteer led to her being named a 2011 AFT Everyday Hero.
Do you know a retiree who has what it takes to be an AFT Everyday Hero? Nominate them at www.aft.org/everydayheroes and be entered to win $250.
Fighting for the future of Social Security, Medicare
With Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid facing possible budget cuts, members of the Alliance for Retired Americans traveled to Washington, D.C., this fall to send a message to their legislators: "Don't balance the budget on the backs of the most vulnerable."
Find the full story on AFT.org
Watch AFT president Randi Weingarten's speech to Alliance members
Cortese retires, Johnson and Lawrence step up
After more than four decades as a leader in the labor movement, AFT secretary-treasurer Antonia Cortese retired in September. A former fourth-grade teacher and champion of children’s rights, Cortese served as AFT executive vice president from 2004 to 2008, becoming one of three women elected to the union’s top offices—a milestone for the labor movement.
Lorretta Johnson, who had been the AFT’s executive vice president since 2008, and a leader of paraprofessionals and school-related personnel for decades, is now AFT secretary-treasurer.
Francine Lawrence, who recently retired after 14 years as president of the Toledo (Ohio) Federation of Teachers and who became an AFT vice president in 2008, is the new AFT executive vice president, assuming the position vacated by Johnson.
Read more on AFT.org