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Columbus Working America Office to Deliver 2,300 Letters to DeWine, Voinovich Urging Senators to ’Reject Social Security Privatization Now & Forever’


News Advisory:

-- Ohio Workers Not Satisfied with GOP Congressional Leadership Plan to Temporarily Shelve Social Security Legislation Due to Hurricane Katrina Costs; Don’t Want to be “Strung Along”

WHAT: Despite reports that the GOP congressional leadership will temporarily shelve legislation to privatize Social Security because of the budget impact of Hurricane Katrina, Working America will deliver 2,300 letters from Columbus area resident to the local offices of U.S. Senators Mike DeWine and George Voinovich, urging them to reject Social Security privatization now and forever because it would reduce benefits for retired Ohio workers. A community affiliate of the AFL-CIO, Working America is a powerful voice for workers without a union on the job that has recruited 90,000 local activists in the Columbus area since opening its office in May 2004.


-- Tim Burga, legislative director, Ohio AFL-CIO

-- Amanda Rodriguez, canvass director, Working America

-- Local Working America canvassers and volunteers

WHERE: Columbus Office of Senator DeWine, 37 West Broad Street, Suite 300, Columbus, OH 43215

WHEN: Friday, Sept. 23, 12 p.m. EDT


1) Letters opposing Social Security privatization hung together on a line to signify “Quit stringing us along on Social Security privatization” and reject it now and forever.

2) Working America banners saying: “Quit stringing us along”

3) Working America t-shirts

BACKGROUND: Working America focuses on issues at the local, state and national level. Besides Columbus, it has local offices, with full canvass teams, working year round in six other cities in five states (Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Falls Church, Va.; Portland, Ore. and Seattle, Wash.).


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