Petition to Repeal the WEP/GPO Penalties and Protect Earned Social Security Beneﬁts
WHEREAS, The State Teachers’ Retirement System is not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The beneﬁts of certain members of the Public Employees’ Retirement System and retirement systems established pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 are not coordinated with the Federal Social Security System; and
WHEREAS, The public safety oﬃcers’ retirement plans are uniquely designed to address the special needs of their professions, including ﬁreﬁghters’ unique employment characteristics, such as the physical demands of the job, which ultimately result in higher injury rates and permanent disabilities; and
WHEREAS, The Social Security Act includes two penalties, the Government Pension Oﬀ set (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP), that reduce the Social Security beneﬁts payable to persons who are entitled to beneﬁts under other retirement systems, and which directly controvert the designed intention of these California public retirement system plans; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who move from private sector employment into teaching, public safety, and other careers in public service; and
WHEREAS, These provisions penalize individuals who earned Social Security beneﬁts through their own employment prior to or after public service by denying earned beneﬁts; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Oﬀ set and the Windfall Elimination Provision would greatly improve the opportunities for hiring and retaining teachers, peace oﬃcers, ﬁreﬁghters, and other public employees in California; and
WHEREAS, The elimination of the Government Pension Oﬀ set and the Windfall Elimination Provision would provide economic stimulus across California by providing earned retirement beneﬁts to public servants in every region of this state during this time of continuing slow economic growth;
• Penalizes public employees in all 50 states;
• Denies earned and paid for beneﬁts;
• Penalizes widows and widowers by up to 100% loss of survivor beneﬁts;
Congress must act now to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness.
Congress must act to repeal the WEP/GPO and protect earned and paid for Social Security beneﬁts.
We the undersigned want Congress to act to provide Social Security Solvency and Fairness by repealing the Windfall Elimination Provision and the Government Pension Oﬀ set.
[California Retired Teachers Association]