Grand Rapids Social Security workers rally to avoid "Fiscal Cliff"
Patrick Center December 6, 2012 | WGVU
More than 100 Social Security offices across the country hosted informational pickets. At the Knapp St. office in Grand Rapids Social Security workers who are members of the American Federation of Government Employees gathered. Through a release, it provided data from the National Council of Social Security Field Operations Locals sequestration impact study. That report suggests sequestration would reduce Social Security’s budget by 5.5 percent. That would trigger a highering freeze and cut 3,500 administration jobs across Michigan.
And that, says Rosendo Rocha, President of the American Federation of Government Employees local 32-72 will impact Social Security recipients.
“For example the offices are now closing at 3 PM. Starting next month offices will close at noon on Wednesday. We will be available less time to the public to come in and take care of their Social Security issues. We have less time, therefore, to take care of any existing or new claims for folks to get them in their backlog and their claims processed.”
Rocha says case backlogs will increase with the potential for 300 contact stations to close impacting rural residents who would need to travel and increase workloads at remaining Social Security offices with reduced staffing.
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