Sign the AFT Petition!
The AFT is collecting signatures to help repeal the WEP and GPO.
SIGN THE AFT PETITION
Sign the Move-On Petition!
The national Alliance for Retired Americans started a petition to
push the U.S. Congress to enact legislation that will repeal the
WEP and GPO. Add your support by signing on to the Moveon.org
petition. It’s fast and easy!
THE MOVE-ON PETITION
Contact your Congressional Representatives
Please contact your elected representatives to urge support of
these bills before the U.S. Congress. The legislation listed
below is current as of December 15, 2021.
82 The Social Security Fairness Act of
2021 was introduced by Rep. Rodney Davis (D-IL) and
would repeal WEP and GPO. It is the most comprehensive and
bipartisan piece of legislation with 301 co-sponsors as of
September 27, 2022!
5723 Social Security 2100: A Sacred
Trust was introduced by Rep. John Larson (D-CT) on
October 26, 2021, and would repeal WEP and GPO, among other
issues. The bill has 194 co-sponsors, all Democratic.
S. 1302 The Social Security Fairness
Act to repeal WEP and GPO was introduced by Sen. Sherrod
Brown (D-OH) on April 22, 2021. The bill
has 36 co-sponsors, 30 Democratic, 2 Independent, and 4
Limited Scope Bills
2337 The Public Servants Protection and Fairness
Act was introduced by Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA),
chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, and proposes a
modified repeal of WEP. It has 183 co-sponsors, all
H.R. 5834 The Equal Treatment of Public Servants
Act of 2021 was introduced by Rep. Kevin Brady
(R-TX) on November 3, 2021, and would eliminate the WEP. The bill
has 38 co-sponsors, 35 Republicans and 3 Democrats, all
The WEP and the GPO are penalties that
negatively affect retirees who receive pensions from government
agencies that do not participate in the Social Security system.
This includes California teachers who are in CalSTRS.
Many of these retirees have earned Social Security retirement
benefits from other work during their lifetimes or for being an
eligible spouse. The GPO and WEP cut or eliminate earned Social
Security retirement benefits.
WEP — Windfall Elimination Provision
Can cut an amount up to to half the value of your pension
from the Social Security you have earned in other work. The WEP
may reduce your Social Security benefit, but it will not
GPO — Government Pension Offset
Affects your spousal, widow or widower Social Security benefits
that are based on your spouse’s earnings. If you are married to
someone who is earning Social Security, you will probably lose
all spousal or survivor retirement benefits due to you
from taxes paid by your spouse during the marriage.
U.S. Social Security Administration
CalSTRS — How
does Social Security affect me?
Congressional Research Service — Search for WEP and GPO to find current reports.
Social Security Offset Penalties
By Jeanette A. Wicks (Cactus Valley LLC)
Covers how each offset penalty will affect you, how
offsets are calculated, why they are unfair, and how to
take action to end them.
The Hero’s Penalty
How Social Security Works for Educators
By Devin Carroll
Directly focused on the WEP and GPO, but more from the viewpoint
of how to work around them rather than how to repeal them.
Carroll also has a YouTube channel
that covers retirement issues.
Social Security Works!
Why Social Security Isn’t Going Broke and How Expanding It Will
Help Us All
By Nancy J. Altman and Eric R. Kingson (The New
A highly respected, thoroughly detailed factual rebuttal of
misrepresentations of Social Security’s problems, a book
that offers solutions in a progressive framework that make
clear sense about how to resolve “the crisis.”
These articles help explain the impact of the WEP and GPO on
California teachers and other public service workers.
From the CFT and AFT
From the General Media
Find all of our articles related to retirement security in the CFT
The CFT has passed the following resolutions in support of
repealing WEP and GPO.
The AFT has passed these resolutions.
In addition to working with the AFT and the NEA, the CFT partners
with the following organizations, to fight for elimination of the
WEP and GPO.
National WEP/GPO Task Force
A national coalition of representatives from retiree
organizations including the CFT working to repeal the WEP
A grassroots coalition working to change the WEP and GPO that
deny many public employees, including California teachers, the
Social Security benefits they have earned.
Alliance for Retired Americans
The statewide alliance that unites retired union workers and
community groups to win a more secure future for individuals,
families, and future generations.
California Retired Teachers
CalRTA’s mission is to protect and advocate for retired and
active educators’ pensions and other retirement benefits and to
support public education in our communities.