The Social Security Fairness Act

July 21, 2023

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APWU members are continuing to advocate for the passage of the Social Security Fairness Act, H.R. 82 and S. 597. These bills were introduced by Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA-06) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), with a number of bi-partisan original co-sponsors in both chambers. The Act would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO), which unfairly reduce, or sometimes eliminate, Social Security benefits for millions of federal annuitants. The WEP and GPO penalize Civil Service Retirement System retirees and their spouses who meet the requirements for Social Security benefits and have paid their fair share into the program through secondary employment.

The APWU Legislative Department has been very active over the years in advocating for legislation that would right this wrong, and have continued to engage with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to advance these bills. We have been working with other unions and organizations as a part of a broader coalition to educate members of Congress, as well as our own individual memberships, on this legislation. Currently, H.R. 82 has 282 co-sponsors, and S. 597 has 45.

Please call our legislative hotline at 1-844-402-1001 to urge your members of Congress in both the House and the Senate to support H.R. 82 and S. 597, the Social Security Fairness Act!

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