The East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers has completed our endorsement process for EBR and Baker candidates running for school board. We have also informed the Central Labor Body of Baton Rouge along with its local presidents, who are members of the Louisiana AFL-CIO, of our recommendations.
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Repeal WEP and GPO: Stop Penalizing Our Teachers and Public Employees
Everyone deserves a secure retirement, especially those who devoted their career to public service. The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) threatens that by substantially reducing or eliminating the EARNED social security benefits of the millions of retired teachers and public employees who contributed to Social Security through other employment. Thousands more are penalized every year as they retire from public service because their state, municipality, or school district does not participate in the Social Security system.
This unfair penalty also contributes to the current teacher and educator shortages, as it serves as a disincentive for those looking to join the ranks of teachers as a second career when they learn that the WEP-GPO penalty will jeopardize their earned Social Security benefits if they enter the classroom.