Last updated on: 1/11/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Social Security Be Privatized?"
Reasoning:

“AFSCME strongly favors personal savings for retirement and has fought for savings plans in the workplace. Savings/investments are an important leg in the ‘three-legged stool’ of retirement income, the others being Social Security and pensions. But Social Security privatization would make the stool wobbly by combining the Social Security and savings legs. Somehow, a two-legged stool doesn’t seem as sturdy.

The stool looks even more wobbly when you consider that the majority of workers retire without pensions and fewer employers now offer them. In fact, two-thirds of Social Security recipients count on Social Security for at least half their income.”

“What Is Meant by Social Security ‘Privatization’?,” afscme.org (accessed Apr. 23, 2010)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“AFSCME is a union made up of a diverse group of people who share a common commitment to public service. We see the big picture and gladly accept the responsibility of guarding and nurturing it – not because we expect to be recognized for our sacrifice, but because we know the job needs to be done. That’s why we’re in the public service – to keep our families safe and make our communities strong.”

“About AFSCME,” afscme.org (accessed Apr. 23, 2010)

Mission:

“While we work for justice in the workplace, we advocate for prosperity and opportunity for all of America’s working families. We not only stand for fairness at the bargaining table – we fight for fairness at the ballot box and in the halls of government.”

“About AFSCME,” afscme.org (accessed Apr. 23, 2010)

Other:
Union
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Social Security Be Privatized?