Social Security workers protest proposed cuts

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Submitted: Wed, 03/02/2011 - 8:52pm
Updated: Thu, 03/03/2011 - 6:21am

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s hard times all around, and the federal government is feeling the squeeze as it is forced to make tough decisions when it comes to the budget.

Today a group in Wilmington protested what may come of this battle.

This group of Social Security workers and advocates stood outside the Social Security Administration office in Wilmington Wednesday, with signs and fliers in hand.

“There’s a lot of talk of a government shutdown or certainly major budget hits to federal agencies, and we’re concerned about the impact that’s going to have on the public here in Wilmington and across the state,” said Michael Gravinese with the American Federation of Government Employees.

The group says if Social Security is cut, that can in turn lead to a decrease in services like cutting back on office hours and increasing delays for those in need.

Many of these protestors who work at the SSA office in town say the possible cuts will also affect them.

“We have a whole office of workaholics in there,” SSA worker Sandra Stuart said. “We like what we do, but we want to do it even better. Instead of cutting us, they need to be strengthening us.”

Though this protest in Wilmington may not have been large, it is just one of many informational pickets that took place across the nation.

The protestors hope their efforts will put a stop to a resolution in which House Republicans propose a $1.7 billion reduction in Social Security Administration funding for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.

We reached out to Rep. Mike McIntyre on this issue. In a statement he said, “Social Security is a contract between the federal government and those who have paid into it. We must never do anything to break that contract… I will always stand with our senior citizens and those who depend on Social Security payments!”


  • Guest4396 says:

    Every one of the clowns, SS workers & teachers included, who have jobs but are neglecting them to show their rear ends with picket signs should be fired on the spot. There are plenty of well qualified people that are out of work that would love to replace them.

  • Guest says:

    I work with this office regularly and have worked with numerous other Social Security offices in the past, and I have to say by far that Wilmington is the best to deal with! They definitely do the best with what they have to work with. The average person cannot fathom the amount of phone calls, mail, and people they have to deal with on an average day, all with the government asking them to do more with less. Trust me, if their budget is cut, it’s going to cause problems for the people that depend on them. And I can tell you from direct experience there’s a lot of people that do.

  • Guest: guest says:

    Mr. McIntyre, the government has already broken it’s contract with its citizens. This account has been raided for years and is now broke. The citizens have been forced by the government to pay into this system and politicians have robbed them blind, now when they need the money, it isn’t there. Where were you when all of this was going on? Why have you waited to protect the senior citizens until the money is gone..I wish the Democrats had been as passionate about saving social security as they are in saving the Unions pensions…but then, I guess there isn’t any kick backs in Social Security. Social Security is full of IOU’S, we can’t pay our bills with IOU’S, our creditors don’t take those.

  • Guestasis says:

    The greedy folks that got us into this financial mess must really love the fact that the working class has turned on each other.

  • Guest says:

    We the people of Lake Forest Inc.need the help of Mike Mcintre,the board the is out of hand ,someone please help,if we do not get help soon,we well be out on the street.ask these people what is going on T.S-J.T-J.N- G.T.-R.W.HELP PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest says:

    Im not sure how anything to do with them caring about not loosing their job has anything to do with their qualification. These people took leave time and time off from their lunch break to hold up signs in defense of their jobs that they do to help other people, who benefit daily from their service. Maybe if people like you werent around to negate leaders who are trying to make things right, then we wouldnt have problems like we do.

    Im sorry that you are probably some unemployed person who is sitting at home filling out online applications and getting pissed off at the people who work to pay your unemployment. Good luck finding people who want to get paid 30,000 a year to help loosers who mooch off of the system like you. Why dont you get up off your ass and do something. Thats all these people are trying to do… They are trying to DO SOMETHING!

  • GuestLee says:

    I’m guessing that if you are serious about wanting Rep. McIntyre to hear your complaint, you would write/call/e-mail him directly instead of using this site and hoping by chance that he will see it. So my educated guess is that you are just spouting policical propaganda against Rep. McIntyre to try to influence other people’s votes in the next election. Pathetic….

  • GuestLee says:

    My suggestion is that if you want Rep. McIntyre to hear you, then you should e-mail, write, or call him directly instead of using this site. You are kind of hoping he will see it here. Direct contact is always best.

  • Guest0 says:

    “We have a whole office of workaholics in there,” SSA worker Sandra Stuart said. “We like what we do, but we want to do it even better.”

    Why do I find this so hard to believe?

  • Betty and Eugene says:

    My spouse and I had an great experience here at the local SSA office. Mrs. Hughes was very informative and explained our monthly benefits in a delightful and understandable way. Our checks come on time everyy month. Please support SSA locally and Nationally. Thank You.

  • Guest says:

    If someone wanted to work so hard then why in the world do I have such an issue getting someone on the phone? I call there once a month to see how my idenity theft case is going to get my social changed! Not one person can tell me anything and this was 8 months ago!

  • John Difloure says:

    Some of these people ought to get a life. We’re on SS but have better things to do then complain about things that haven’t happened.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    Shut up and get back to work. We’re not paying you to picket and protest, we’re paying you to work.

  • Guest says:

    People did this on the lunches and breaks so you weren’t paying anybody anything. So now you need to shut up and know what you are talking about before opening your mouth.

  • Truthseeker says:

    Work for the State, we have had no raises in 3 years, in fact last year a pay cut. Further we do not get step increases like Fed. Workers, nor do we get all the holidays you get to observe. Facts have come out that Fed. workers make more than the private sector, state city and county workers and receive better benefits. So quit bitching, get back to work and shut the blank up. You are doing better than 80% of the country.

  • Guest says:

    Please by all means you guys that are such naysayers please go do the job.. and being proactive isnt a bad thing!

  • Guest says:

    You all should seriously get a life, i bet that you really don’t understand anything about being political and being proactive. I bet you just brewed your tea and you are sitting down in your red seats with the elephant doilies above your head on the back of the chair. You probably just got done checking your vast stock portfolio and you cannot seriously relate with the common person!

    These workers are not only standing up for their jobs, but they are standing up for the american public. Most Americans would crap a cow if they realized what was really going on. So please spare all of us your diuretic and go badger other people!

  • Guest: guest says:

    Guess what Mr. McIntyre, the government has already broke it’s contract with it’s senior citizens. In case you haven’t noticed, Social Security is BROKE. Our wonderful government has raided the money that has been paid into Social Security and it is now full of IOU’S. You’ve been in office for a long time, I haven’t heard you out in front, leading the charge to protect senior citizens from the government stealing their money, (for other pet projects), to ensure their money would be there. Unfortunately, cuts have to be made in a drastic manner, BECAUSE of the carelessness of spending in Washington by our politicians. Mr. McIntyre, you can’t pay senior citizens with IOU’S, our creditors don’t accept them. You are a little late in coming to our rescue.

  • Guest7969 says:

    the MAJORITY of workers that are Union members in this country…are GOVERNMENT WORKERS…we need to NIP THAT IN THE BUD RIGHT NOW! Take union rights away and start paying what the real world makes to government employees with the same types of benefits and retirement the MAJORITY of this country gets. That would stop this piddly picketing and crying crap!

    Second, just by doing would effectively KILL the unions, which this country DESPERATELY NEEDS. Unions are part of the problem…they KILL business and drive jobs and production overseas.

    Last…unfortunately…our government is doing what we the PEOPLE asked for…smaller government and reduction in spending….it’s going to hurt..but this HAS TO BE DONE! Course…it wont be long before Pelosi comes out and says government jobs are a RIGHT and everyone should be working for the government….

  • Guest666 says:

    They really take their work seriously…..A while back when I went there to apply for my SS, the woman assisting me couldn’t wait to get rid of me so she could go on break with one of her co-workers. The other woman kept asking her how much longer would she be with me.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    …so as long as you restrict your Socialist, “anybody but us” whining to your lunch hour, I have so problem with it.

    You’re wasting your time, anyway. The cuts ARE coming, and administrative pogues who can easily be replaced by on-line services will likely go first.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday says:

    That’s not a canned, union prepared message, is it?

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