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Retirement Security resolution passes Seattle City Council

Retirement Security resolution passes Seattle City Council

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On June 13, the Seattle City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution calling for the expansion of Social Security and Medicare and the scrapping of the payroll cap. Two Grassroots Ambassadors from Washington CAN! told their stories and testified at the hearing of the full council about the retirement security crisis and the need to expand benefits. Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez introduced the resolution and spoke eloquently about the importance of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Leaders and staff from various organizations – including Washington CAN, Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action, the MLK County Labor Council, the Economic Opportunities Institute, UFCW local 21 and NOW –met with the nine council members about the issue in the lead up to the vote. The resolution is attached, and we’re working to get other cities in Washington state, and around the country, to pass similar resolutions.

The vote was covered in the Seattle Weekly newspaper:

Below are some pictures, including a shot of Grassroots Ambassador Joselito Lopez sharing his testimony, and attached here is the full resolution.