The Purple Buzz – August 12, 2014

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Quick Quiz

Social Security will be celebrating its 79th birthday on Thursday, August 14. Social Security was passed into law in 1935 during the Great Depression to help assure that older Americans would not live in abject poverty.

Without Social Security benefits, what would be the current poverty rate of seniors?

A- 44%
B- 27%
C- 9%
D- 52%

Scroll down to see the answer.


SEIU 521 Convention: Union of Leaders

SEIU 521 Convention 2014Nearly a hundred delegates across SEIU Local 521’s vast region convened in San Jose for a 3-day convention from August 1 to August 3 to assess the state of our Union and chart its future.

The Convention was a huge success! We’ve trained, learned and networked with people from across our local and now it’s time to put our new power into action at our worksites. With training in workshops, open space collaboration and speeches from some amazing leaders inside and outside of 521, we’re fired up and ready to go.

If you missed this convention, talk to someone who went and check out our website and facebook.com/seiu521 for more coverage and a great photo album with messages from our delegates.

The 2014 Convention program included our Community First message and delegates watched the following clip:
What does Community First mean?


San Mateo County’s economic gap called “unacceptable”

On August 5, community activists, residents and workers of San Mateo County packed the Board of Supervisors chamber to urge county leaders to address the widening economic gap that is turning the county into a virtual gated community.
Check out the photos and video here.

Our Silicon Valley Living Wage campaign is just starting, stay tuned for future actions on facebook.com/svlivingwage and share with friends! #svlivingwage


CalPERS election coming soon

CalPERS, the system that manages health and retirement benefits for many of our members, is having another board election this fall and we need to vote. The people on the board are our voice and our advocates for smart investment of our resources.

Priya Mathur is our current representative and has done an amazing job on our behalf. If you are a CalPERS member, your ballot will be mailed out at the end of August. Look for your CalPERS ballot in the mail and remember to vote before Sept. 29. Re-elect Priya Mathur for CalPERS and for our retirement!

Click here to read Priya’s message.


Transformation in Wasco

Our chapter in the City of Wasco went from having no elected officers and no shop stewards last year to being a powerful chapter that rose up, got rid of a City Manager and Financial Director, fought off a charter city proposal and won a great contract.

Read the story of this transformation here.


McDonald’s not “Lovin’ It” at the NLRB

Fast foodA huge victory came from the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel in our battle for a living wage in communities across the country.

Despite McDonald’s repeated assertions that it does not control employment decisions at its franchised restaurants, the federal government said that the $5.6 billion company is indeed an employer that exerts substantial power over its employees’ working conditions.

Read more here.


Quick Quiz

Social Security will be celebrating its 79th birthday on Thursday, August 14. Social Security was passed into law in 1935 during the Great Depression to help assure that older Americans would not live in abject poverty.

Without Social Security benefits, what would be the current poverty rate of seniors?

A- 44%
B- 27%
C- 9%
D- 52%

Correct answer: A.

Social Security is a highly effective anti-poverty program.
In 2012, Social Security kept more than 22 million Americans of all ages out of poverty. This included keeping about 1 million children under age 18 and almost 6 million people between the ages of 18 and 64 out of poverty. Social Security had an even greater impact on older Americans (ages 65 and older), keeping 15 million out of poverty in 2012 (1).  Without it, the poverty rate of our seniors would be 44% instead of 9% (2).

We still have work to do including the passage of Retirement Security for All (RSA).
Click here to get involved. Our next RSA Committee meeting is Wednesday, August 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Sources:

1- Social Security Keeps Americans of All Ages out of Poverty: State-Level Estimates, 2010–2012, Mikki Waid

2- Why is Social Security so Important?

 

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