Retired, but fighting: ARA stands up for Social Security (video)

Barbara Easterling is president of the 4-million-member Alliance for Retired Americans. The People’s World interviewed her this week during the convention of the Communications Workers of America, July 12, in Las Vegas. Easterling, who was a telephone worker in Akron, Ohio, is the former international secretary-treasurer of CWA.

The Alliance for Retired Americans and the Coalition on Human Needs are among organizations hosting a toll-free number to call U.S. senators, July 14-15, at 1-866-251-4044, to tell Congress: No cuts to Social Security!

Here, Easterling explains that Social Security has a surplus of $3 trillion and is not part of the deficit. Some of her key points: The best way to guarantee Social Security’s long-term stability is to raise the salary cap. Cuts to Medicaid affect seniors too. Working people shouldn’t have to labor until they are 70. And the younger generation has a stake in Social Security.


Photo: Communications Workers of America retirees are active with the union and with ARA. (Teresa Albano/PW)


Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano is a staff writer for People's World and an award-winning journalist. Born and raised in Chicago, Albano is a member of the Chicago News Guild-Communications Workers of America and has been covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People's World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW's social media presence.

Albano lived in New York City for 13 years and has traveled throughout the United States and abroad, including to India, Cuba, Angola, Italy and to Paris for the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. She received awards from International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association, including its prestigious Silver Feather Award. Albano attends Northeastern Illinois University and recently received NEIU's Future Alumni Leader award. She will graduate in December 2016. 

Combining her passion for swimming and for social justice, she founded the blog, Swimming Social, during the 2016 Rio Games.