Heard something about CSEA or State/ Municipal Workers that doesn’t sound right?
Concerned about upcoming legislation and how it affects CSEA members and tax payers?
Want to check to make sure your news source is accurately portraying the story?
WELCOME TO THE CSEA FACT CHECKER,
Where we separate FACT from FICTION–there’s a lot of noise out there, make sure you’re hearing the TRUTH!
|WHEN THEY SAY….||WE SAY….|
|“Public Employees suck up too much money from the state”||“Public employees work the necessary jobs, providing vital services to the state. Private contracts doubles the cost of large projects, adding millions to the budget”|
|“No one has pensions anymore, State Employees are LUCKY”||“Everyone should have the financial security of a defined benefits retirement plan—unions raise standards across the board”|
|“State Employees never have to make sacrifices for the state budget”||“In the most recent SEBAC agreement, State employees sacrificed an average of $17,500/ person for a total savings of over $24 billion for the state”|
|“The union makes it impossible to fire bad employees”||“Union Reps fight for workers rights and a fair appeals process, but in the end a bad employee can and will be terminated”|
|“The State is filled with cushy jobs”||“State employees are public servants and take a major cut in salary as compared to private sector jobs”|
|“Unions make it hard for business to survive”||“Everyone benefits from the standards that union fight to put in place for workers—union or otherwise”|
…AND REMEMBER: The middle class was built up by unions and delivered workers a safe environment and fair benefits
SOCIAL SECURITY TALKING POINTS
Your voice is your strongest weapon in the fight to protect and extend your earned benefits—here is a tool to help you get loud!
|WHEN THEY SAY…||WE SAY…|
|Social Security is an unsustainable entitlement||You pay into the Social Security Trust fund with every paycheck through FICA, it is an earned benefit that you worked for and therefore deserve|
|Social Security cannot be saved||
Congressman Larson’s proposal, Social Security 2100 Act has been certified by non-partisan actuarial to be solvent beyond the next 75 years
|Hard working Americans don’t need Social Security||Nearly half of Americans have less than $10,000 saved for retirement and 62% of aged beneficiaries rely on Social Security to provide them with more than half of their retirement income|
|Everyone pays into Social Security equally, no changes are necessary||Millionaires and Billionaires don’t have to pay into the fund at the rate of working class employees. As it stands now, payroll taxes are not collected on wages over $128,400—giving the Millionaires and Billionaires an undeserved tax break|
|Social Security isn’t reliable||The Social Security Administration wrote the first check on January 31st, 1940—Social Security hasn’t missed a payment since.|
|Social Security is a senior benefit that just helps our aging population||Social Security is the most effective anti-poverty program in the US, lifting 22 million people out of poverty, including 1 million children.|
|We can’t afford Social Security in the federal or state budget||Social Security is a pay-as-you-go system consisting of 87% payroll taxes, 10% interest and 3% benefit taxation—no funds are taken from the federal or state budget|
|Congressman Larson’s Social Security 2100 Act increases benefits without addressing revenue sources||This proposal calls for a raise in the payroll tax maximum to $400,000 rather than the present $128,400. This increases revenue progressively so that the average worker is still spending about $0.50/week on Social Security.|