Picketers Set to Protest GOP Social Security Disability Cuts

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On Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011, Social Security Disability advocates and Social Security Administration employees will join together to picket in protest of the $1.7 billion reduction in SSA funding proposed by House Republicans. If this proposal is attached to the new Continuing Resolution, reports The Times Leader, SSA workers will face a month of furloughs – significantly impacting the already-beleaguered Social Security Disability process.

Disability Group Inc., a national Social Security Disability law firm, wants to make Social Security claimants aware of upcoming protests by Social Security Disability advocates and Social Security Administration workers. Lisa Rein of the Washington Post reports that protests and informational pickets are scheduled to occur on Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 at federal buildings across the country. The protests will target the $1.7 billion reduction in SSA funding proposed by House Republicans.

If this proposal is attached to the new Continuing Resolution, the SSA – already suffering from a loss of 3500 jobs this year, according to the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader – must enforce a month of furloughs upon its employees. Disability Group Inc. advises that a furlough of this magnitude would significantly impact the already-beleaguered Social Security Disability process. Should offices close and employees be forced to leave their jobs, “public service will be devastated,” says Dana Duggins of the American Federation of Government Employees.

The AFGE is the federal government’s largest union. Members, along with members of the Alliance for Retired Americans and the Strength Social Security Campaign, plan to distribute fliers and carry signs protesting the proposed cuts and furloughs, writes Rein.

Some of the devastating effects of the SSA furloughs would directly impact people currently receiving disability benefits. There will be 32,000 fewer continuing disability reviews (read more about continuing disability reviews here http://www.socialsecuritylaw.com/blog/?p=107), resulting hundreds of thousands of incorrect payment and millions of wasted dollars.

Steve Mocaskey of the Times Leader also quotes Christina Erling, communications specialist for the AFGE, as stating that with the furloughs, there will be 70,000 fewer disability appeals hearings. Disability Group Inc. advocates advise that the wait for a hearing is already potentially over a year long, and these cuts will add significantly more time to the wait.

The proposed budget cuts will also affect the unemployment rate. Lori Montgomery of the Washington Post reported on February 28th, 2011, that a report by economist Mark Zandi indicated that the current proposed budget cuts will eliminate the creation of 400,000 jobs by the end of 2011, and as many as 700,000 jobs by the end of 2012. Disability Group Inc. contacted the Washington offices of the American Federation of Government Employees, but was unable to reach Erling for further comment.

Disability Group Inc was founded on the principles of dignity and respect. We are a national law firm focused exclusively on helping people receive the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve. For more information about Social Security, or to see if you qualify for benefits, visit us at http://www.socialsecuritylaw.com

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