Right now is our best chance to be heard on the repeal of federal penalties that unfairly reduce teachers’ social security benefits. There is a Congressional hearing Monday to discuss the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), and all educators can submit written testimony.
WEP/GPO reduces the amount educators who have paid into social security are eligible to receive when they retire—and also significantly lowers or eliminates the spousal benefit retired teachers are able to collect through their partners.
This Monday, November 20, at 3:00 p.m. EST the Congressional Subcommittee on Social Security will be holding a public hearing to discuss how WEP/GPO affects the benefits of public school educators and other public servants. While the hearing will take place in Louisiana, Connecticut teachers can still ensure that we are a part of the solution by submitting written testimony.
Share your story and encourage Congress to take action and repeal WEP/GPO once and for all.
With the House of Representatives (HR 82) and Senate (S 597) each considering legislation that would repeal WEP/GPO, now is a crucial juncture for us to actively engage in this conversation. Remember that your voice matters, and the impact of our combined voices has the potential to create a meaningful difference.
If you are interested in watching the hearing, you can do so via the live webcast. Please note that the webcast will not be available until the hearing starts.
For more information on the repeal of WEP/GPO and how it impacts you, please visit https://cea.org/wep-gpo.