Support retired educators: Lobby Congress on social security offsets GPO and WEP | Education Votes

22 Mar

Many retired educators, firefighters and police officers have found themselves asking a simple question, “Why can’t I get the benefits I’ve earned?” The Government Pension Offset GPO and Windfall Elimination Provision WEP currently allow the government to reduce or eliminate Social Security benefits for those who receive a government pension.

The GPO reduces public employees’ spousal or survivor benefits by two-thirds of their public pension. What this means in real world terms is that 9 out of 10 public employees impacted by GPO lose their entire spousal benefit, even though that spouse has been paying into social security their entire career. Why shouldn’t educators, firefighters and police officers enjoy the same social security benefits those in the private sector do?

WEP, on the other hand, reduces or eliminates social security benefits expected from another job for anyone who will receive a public pension. Want to switch from a private sector job to a life of public service? Better think again. WEP means that even if your life of public service entitles you to only a $1 a month public pension, your social security that has been accumulating your entire career will be reduced or eliminated entirely. More…

via Support retired educators: Lobby Congress on social security offsets GPO and WEP | Education Votes.

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