Educators, firefighters, police officers, librarians, nurses and other public employees already contribute up to ten percent of their salary towards their pensions, and many do not even get Social Security. Despite this, the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) penalize people who have dedicated their lives to public education and other public service careers by taking away benefits they have EARNED.
Luckily, Democrats and Republicans in both the Senate and House of Representatives are working together to address these troubling provisions. The Social Security Fairness Act of 2013 has been introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Rodney Davis (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA) as HR 1795. On the Senate side, Sens. Mark Begich (D-AK), Dean Heller (R-NV), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have introduced the same bill as S 896.”
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I have a question about any benefit I may receive from my husband’s social security upon his death. I am a retired AK teacher (tier 1). It is my understanding that I would not be eligible for any benefit. I do not receive any social security but do receive an AK teachers pension. Can you give me any update on this issue?
I am forwarding your question to President Kronberg so you can be sent the correct information.