foodThe AFT Community Awareness Committee Holiday Food Drive is underway! We will be collecting food for the Kitchen of Hope! Please take your donations to the below site coordinators by December 6th. So if you are out shopping for Thanksgiving put an extra can or two in your cart and donate it the Holiday Food Drive!

You can deposit holiday food items to the following locations:
Lori Block, College of Education Advising Center, (Room 2038) (there is a food cart out in the student waiting area)
Esther Mummert, College of Communication and Creative Arts
Maria Perez-Colon, College of Engineering
Pat Quigley, University Relations, Bole Hall
Pat Price, The Enterprise Center
Lori Getler, The University Advising Center, top floor Savitz Hall
Or the AFT Office, 114 Robinson Hall

We will hold our holiday Food Drive until December 6th.
(Non-perishable items please!)

Glassboro Unity DayGlassboro UNITY DAY on Saturday, October 5 was a HUGE success!!!  AFT volunteers were on hand meeting and greeting the public and distributing AFT trinkets!
We spoke with 245 men, women and children with our US History Trivia Game and bookmark coloring station. People were having a good time attempting to answer questions that might have been featured on “Are You as Smart as a 5th grader?” television show. Children that didn’t know the answer… learned something new that day. (Maybe even some of the parents learned too!) We got to provide our platform when the question of “Why do we have unions in America?” was pulled from the basket.

I would like to thank the volunteers that came out to assist that day; LuAnn Maslanik (Financial Aid), Saudia Beverly (CGCE), Esther Mummert (College of Communications and Creative Arts), and Joy Xin and Laurie Haines (College of Education). A special thank you to Diane Doorman (College of Education) for assisting as Site Co-Coordinator and braving the heat the whole day to work at the booth with me! Also, without Diane bringing her tent to the event… we would have melted in the heat!

Thank you to Ruth in the AFT Office for assembling “give aways” for the event! Thank you to Esther and Diane for providing the tables that day!

-Lori Block

Rose Glassberg

Rose Glassberg, of Cherry Hill, discusses the proposed chained CPI Social Security benefit cut that would force many senior citizens to reduce their standard of living during a National Day of Action rally at Rowan University, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (Staff Photo by Lori M. Nichols/South Jersey Times)

GLASSBORO — The rainy Tuesday weather slightly dampened National Action Day for a group of seniors at Rowan University.

The Glassboro chapter of the Alliance for Retired Americans, a national organization advocating for the rights of its namesake, had planned on making a human chain across Route 322 in the borough to protest against potential security cuts.

The group, meeting in a room inside of Rowan University and abandoning the human chain idea in favor of dryer conditions, discussed the potential effects of President Obama’s proposed 2014 budget.

Obama’s budget would change the statistical formula to calculate the rate of inflation for increases in the cost of living adjustments in Social Security benefits to the Chained Consumer Price Index (CPI) formula.

The group asserts that changing to this formula could lose seniors up to $1,200 a year in annual benefits if the proposal goes through.

Rose Glassberg, an executive officer of the alliance, said that for a demographic where 1/3 of the people receiving Social Security rely on it for 90 percent of their annual income, this possibility is unacceptable.

“What is wrong with CPI is that it believes that seniors don’t need as much of a cost of living increase,” said Glassberg. “To talk about reducing seniors’ cost of living (increases) is not just wrong, but cruel.”

The group is calling for the proposal to be dropped out of the budget and for payments into the system to be restructured based on updated tax brackets.

“The people that make $110,000 a year pay the same amount into Social Security as those making $1.25 million a year,” said Glassberg.

“Really what we’re asking for is for everyone to contribute their fair share,” added Karen Siefring, who was in attendance at Tuesday’s meeting.

The seniors in attendance talked about the importance of government programs, many pointing to the GI Bill, also known as the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, as an example of government effectively compensating for those in need. The act paid for many returning World War II soldiers’ college tuition along with offering low-cost mortgages and loans to returning veterans.

Edward Wolfe, a fellow executive director of the alliance, said that the success of the change to Chained CPI is a result of political think tanks’ ability to convince blue collar workers that the change is connected more to “entitlement programs” than it is to benefits.

“They’re manipulating language to support a rather pernicious cause,” said Wolfe.

Chuck Linderman, a Washington Township resident, said that he feels the change focuses too much on the benefits of the seniors rather than trying to adjust the amount high earners pay into Social Security.

“It seems like if you stand back and look at it, it’s a tax on the seniors,” said Linderman.

“And when seniors get money, we spend it,” added Glassberg. “We spend it on our home. We spend it on our kids. We don’t send it to (the Cayman Islands).”

By Phil Davis/South Jersey Times
on July 03, 2013 at 6:00 AM, updated July 03, 2013 at 6:09 PM
Source – http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2013/07/seniors_decry_potential_changes_in_social_security_benefits_at_rowan.html