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Retired Teachers who paid into Social Security
Old 02-25-2019, 05:12 PM
 
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If you paid into Social Security or are a survivor of a spouse who did, you are probably being cheated out of two thirds of your Social Security, even if the SS was paid into for 35+ years and you only taught a few years.

To fight these unfair laws called the GPO and WEP, a bill was written just last month (Jan. 2019) to repeal it. This bill is called: HR 141.

The National Education Association has written a petition for us to sign that will be sent to your Congressmen and the US Ways and Means Committee. If we can get enough people to sign this petition, that is to pass the HR 141 written last month there could be a repeal of the law that steals our own money from us.

Here's how to sign your name to the petition that goes to your congressmen. I've noticed they are more responsive to a well known group like the National Education Association.

Put in edadvocacy.nea.org and find "take action" on the top bar. Then scroll down to "Retirement Security" and you'll see under that "Cosponsor and Support the Social Security Fairness Act of 2019 (HR 141). Fill in you information (it will use your zip code to determine your current Congressmen) and it will bring up the letter for you to read. Then click on Submit; if the screen doesn't change, hit submit again. Please get this done to help thousands of retired teachers, policemen and other public servants have financial security.
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Thank you for the update
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MO is a WEP state. I paid in 40 quarters prior to even becoming a teacher and lost all that. I hope this works and it is repealed in all states.
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I get some social security
Old 02-26-2019, 04:56 PM
 
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payments even though I'm collecting a teaching pension from the state. It's not a lot and I got a big $3 per month benefit increase because social security was withheld from my substitute pay after I retired.

If you are getting nothing, you may need to revisit the social security office and see if there is a glitch in properly attributing your work history. Most people collect something even with a pension.
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Thanks for this!

This is an issue that I grumble about frequently because I worked in private schools for 16 years and paid into SS so the idea of losing that chaps my hide for sure-as it is I'll have to teach until I'm ancient to get a decent pension (like 70+) which is what I will have to do if I lose all my SS.


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Thanks to those who signed the petition HR141
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Thanks to those who have signed the petition! I hope we will all find family and friends to sign also. If we can get enough going all over the US. maybe it will force our Congressmen to actually start paying us what we are owed and paid into many years. It was a "trust fund" taken from each and every paycheck with the promise that we'd get back what we paid in to ensure security, not poverty in our old age. Those Congressmen have a salary many times what our incomes are and have retirement packages which they wrote that are unbelievably "cushy". This is a Socialist practice; the "elites" live in wealth while the "masses" suffer financially, sometimes in poverty.

If you had any trouble getting the website to submit your vote, please post on this website and I'll try to help.
To "kinderKr4zy" and "Lottalove", I definitely understand how you feel; I'm enraged that I have to suffer the last 10 days of every month, unable to go to the grocery store to pay for anything after all my bills are paid, since I'm on a singe income!

In answer to "broomrider", yes, I do get a SS check for 1/3 of my own money but this is not enough to meet my bills and even if it was, I'd still want my own many back, as promised: its simply government theft of my own money. Just getting "something" seems to satisfy some people but it seems that everyone who is being robbed of your own money paid into for 35 - 40 years would be enough to make you fight for what's rightfully yours. If you're still married or have enough income so that you're not stressed, please sign the petition for the rest of us.
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The part that troubles me most is the part where you will not receive your spousal benefits if your spouse dies. However, if I die, my spouse will get a major part of my pension and his social security.
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I believe that repeal of these laws will change that also. We a spouse dies, we should continue to get our portion of his or her SS benefits.

Please sign the petition and we'll check into that. Website is: edadvocacy.nea.org and if you need any help getting to the petition just send me a post: ljp8538.
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Lets fight for our rights!
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Kinderkr4zy: You should not have to work years longer so you can get a decent Teacher pension, when you paid into SS those 16 years at a private school!!!! Its government theft of our money! Please be sure to sign the petition.
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