June Update from SOAR President Bill Pienta and SOAR Director Julie Stein

SOAR Activists to Converge on Washington, D.C.

After a three-year hiatus due to the COVID pandemic, SOAR activists are ready to return to Washington, D.C., for the 2023 Rapid Response, Legislative & Policy Conference from June 11 through 14.

We know that current and future retirees' challenges were magnified throughout the pandemic, with more Americans facing uncertainty now than at any time in decades.  SOAR activists and active members of our mighty union are preparing to meet this moment with solidarity and resolve.

Unfortunately, some lawmakers remain emboldened to undercut workers’ earned benefits in order to balance our federal budget.

So, earlier this year, SOAR teamed up with our union's Rapid Response program to roll out our “No Cuts to Retirement Security” campaign. We asked our local unions and SOAR chapters to adopt the "No Cuts to Social Safety Net Programs Like Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid" resolution at their membership meetings, and have collected thousands of our members’ signatures.

The “No Cuts” resolution calls for encouraging members of Congress to raise or eliminate the debt ceiling without any spending concessions that would cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid and to protect these programs in the future.

To get more information about our “No Cuts to Retirement Security campaign, Rapid Response created a very informative page detailing all the issues involved, resources and ways to take action here: http://usw.to/NoCuts.

If you are a SOAR member but haven’t yet signed onto a resolution, you can still take part by signing our “No Cuts” online petition at http://usw.to/4gu.

We want our “No Cuts to Retirement Security” message to be heard loud and clear by lawmakers in the halls of Congress, so in addition to members of the SOAR Executive Board being there, USW District Directors are sending additional SOAR activists to this year’s Conference.

We intend to show these legislatures just what our members are made of!

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