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Resolutions

6. RESOLUTION SUPPORTING SOCIAL SECURITY WHEREAS, Social Security is critical to the wellbeing and economic security of Latinos, providing benefits to nearly one out of every six Latino households; and WHEREAS, Social Security is an essential social insurance program that protects Latinos and their families if they cannot work because of age or disability; and WHEREAS, Social Security benefits compromise nearly all the income for almost half, 44.2 percent, of Latino elderly households and represent over 75 percent of the total income of Latino elderly households receiving benefits; and WHEREAS, the average Social Security benefit in 2008 for Latino men over the age of 65 was only $12,213 and $9,536 for Latina women; and WHEREAS, the elderly Latino poverty rate would increase from around 18 percent to over 50 percent without Social Security; and WHEREAS, many members of the undocumented community pay into and support the Social Security Trust Fund and can only benefit from their investments when legalized and that these contributions are stabilizing Social Security for all United States citizens; and WHEREAS, Social Security has never contributed a single penny to the national deficit and currently has a trust fund of more than $2.5 trillion; and WHEREAS, Social Security has always been “off-budget,” independent from the general U.S. budget with a dedicated revenue stream from payroll contributions; and WHEREAS, there are numerous plans to make Social Security fully solvent for the next 75 years without any cuts to benefits or increase in the retirement age; and THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, that organizations represented by delegates of the 2012 National Latino Congreso oppose any reduction in Social Security benefits or increase in the retirement age; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that organizations represented by delegates of the 2012 National Latino Congreso call on the President and the United States Congress to exclude Social Security from being a part of any legislation to reduce the federal deficit; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that organizations represented by the delegates of the 2012 National Latino Congreso support efforts to protect and strengthen Social Security; and BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that organizations represented by the delegates of the 2012 National Latino Congreso support efforts to ensure all deported persons that worked in this country and contributed their savings into the Social Security system receive payments wherever they may be.

Respectfully Submitted by the LCLAA National Executive Board

REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE:___________________________
CONCURRENCE:_______________________X____________________
NON-CONCURRENCE:______________________________________

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23. RESOLUTION ON SOCIAL SECURITY/RETIREMENT WHEREAS, for decades workers have been able to achieve retirement security because their retirement income was based on mutual responsibility between government provided Social Security, employer-provided pensions and personal savings; and
WHEREAS, defined-benefit plans remain the soundest and most cost-effective vehicle for building and safeguarding retirement income security; and WHEREAS, many employers have abandoned secure, defined-benefit pensions in favor of cheaper, but less secure plans in the private sector; and WHEREAS, the recent economic downturn and 401K losses have exposed severe deficiencies in the current retirement system; and WHEREAS, a myriad of state and local proposals threaten workers’ negotiated benefits and pensions; and
WHEREAS, proposals at the federal level seek to curb or eliminate benefits, social security and retirement benefits for workers; and
WHEREAS, many of these attacks are targeting educators, not only penalizing current employees and retirees, but deterring qualified individuals from entering the profession precisely when we schools are facing a growing shortage of qualified educators
THEREFORE be it resolved that LCLAA will fight, along with the AFL-CIO and its allies, any attack on workers’ benefits and pensions; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that LCLAA calls upon Congress and the administration to go beyond a patchwork of reforms and support the principle of mutual responsibility, with government, employers and individuals all contributing; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that LCLAA will support policies to ensure all workers can retire with dignity and enjoy the economic security they have earned.

Respectfully Submitted by the LCLAA National Executive Board
REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE:___________________________
CONCURRENCE:____________________X_______________________
NON-CONCURRENCE:______________________________________

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LCLAA REJECTS REPORTED PLAN TO CUT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICARE, REDUCTIONS WOULD BE DEVASTATING TO THE LATINO COMMUNITY 

WASHINGTON, DC—New developments suggest that President Obama will recommend slashing Social Security and Medicare benefits to negotiate a deficit-reduction strategy with congressional leaders.  

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