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European Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, Darmstadt, Hesse4 the stars and stripes wednesday february 9, 1983 profess proposal to be included in social Security Federal workers want own pension Washington up angry fed eral worker representatives tuesday pro tested what one called the Shell game proposal to bring new government employees under social Security but they found Little Comfort from a House subcommittee conducting hearings on retirement system financing. The presidents of four Federal and Post Al worker unions told the House social Security subcommittee their members would be cheated by the proposal which they alleged would bring in far less Money than the $12 billion a National commission estimated it would raise Between 1984 and 1989. It s a Shell game. And the victims Are Federal and postal employees Vincent Sombrotto president of the National association of letter carriers told the hear ing. There is no reason to put them under social Security. Their retirement system is the hearing room packed with Federal employees broke into applause when som Brotto added let the government live up to its obligations. Its employees certainly have lived up to but subcommittee members indicated they will not yield on the proposal with rep. Robert Matsui d-calif., saying an attempt to remove it from the National commission s financing package could destroy this coalition that we rep. Bill Archer a Texas said it s human nature for you not to want to be covered. But it is the committee s response Bilty to get to the although the National committee on social Security Reform said requiring new Federal employees to join social Security would raise $12 billion by 1990 and $20 billion if employees of non profit businesses were included the Federal Union spokes Man said it would bring in far less because of administration cuts in Federal hiring. One Union said it would raise less than $5 billion. Another put the figure at $6.2 Bil american federation of govern ment employees says the figure for Federal and postal service employees alone is closer to $3 billion largely due to the administration s reduction in the Federal work federation s president Kenneth Blaylock told the panel monday that fed blizzard that whitened new England dumps More of the same on Maine United press International a storm that swamped new England with 15 inches of wind driven Snow closing classrooms businesses and state Legislatures gave thousands of school children a second Day off tuesday and dumped More heavy Snow on Maine. At least one person died in accidents on icy roadways. A powerful storm hit the Northern Cali fornia coast monday packing 45-Mph winds heavy rain and thunderstorms in an area that has had Only five painless Days in the last three weeks. Forecasters said More storms were on the horizon. There s been a few mudslides but nothing More than minor problems Donna Darling of the Northern California of fice of emergency state services said. Fire kills six in Wisconsin old age Home eau Claire wis. A a fire broke out in the living room of a downtown Home for the elderly monday night and billowing smoke filled the two Story build ing killing six people. Fire chief Ken Mikesell said seven other people in the Silver leaves Home for the elderly managed to escape after the Blaze was discovered about 11 50 . Monday. Eau Claire county medical examiner Herbert Aitken said the victims died of smoke inhalation. Eleven residents and two employees had been in the Home at the time of the fire he said. The two employees were treated for smoke inhalation. Mikesell said one of the employees told firefighters she had been awakened in her upstairs bedroom by a smoke alarm went downstairs to find a fire in a waste Basket and returned upstairs to Alert the other employee and help residents escape. The fire chief said one of the employees called the owner of the building but not the fire department. Firefighters were called by a neighbor who spotted flames shooting from the broken window. It appears that there was a delay of 15 to 30 minutes before firefighters Learned of the Blaze he said. Mikesell said the fire was extinguished quickly. He said the cause was not immediately determined. Firefighters found the victims in or near their Beds. Rain moved in behind the Snow in portions of Massachusetts Rhode Island and Connecticut and threatened to make driving hazardous tuesday As overnight temperatures dropped into the 20s. The National weather service said High winds and heavy Snow continued to plague Northern sections of new England especially Maine where 10 to 15 More inches of Snow could accumulate. Fatal collision one person was killed in the new Lon Don conn., area in a four car and trailer truck collision. A state trooper in Maine who was investigating an Accident on a Snow packed Roadway was injured when another vehicle Slid into him. Nearly every school in Massachusetts Connecticut Rhode Island Southern new Hampshire and Eastern new York was closed monday by snows that fell through out the Day. Many remained closed tues Day. State employees in Massachusetts Connecticut Maine and Vermont were sent Home Early and Legislatures halted Busi Ness. Susan Leary left her state government Job in Augusta Maine when a Snow Emer gency was declared and said it took nearly an hour to drive 3 Miles. Freezing weather gripped the Midwest where the Mercury fell to a record minus 12 at St. Joseph mo., and a non record but shivery minus 22 at Hibbing Minn. Heavy Snow helped police in Spring Field mass., Nab a robbery suspect. They trailed his footprints in the Snow. Eral workers Are justifiably paranoid that Congress will not protect their pen Sion plan. Blaylock said Federal employees believe they have been used As scapegoats by the Congress and the administration. They have seen Benefit after Benefit Cut. Now Congress is saying we want to use your retirement system to bail out social Secu endorsed by Reagan the Core of the commission s proposal which has been endorsed by president Reagan House speaker Thomas o Neill and most congressional leaders would pro vide $168 billion in payroll tax increases a six month freeze on Benefit increases and new taxes on High income pensioners in addition to including newly hired Federal employees in the system. A majority of the Republican controlled National commission on social Security Reform recommended in a supplemental report that the retirement age be increased gradually to 66, after the turn of the Cen Tury to help solve the system s Long Range financial problems. O Neill monday rejected raising the retirement age. Strong Senate support the stand by the powerful Massachusetts Democrat makes it unlikely that option could be approved in the House but the proposal has Strong support in the sen , a panel of senior citizen representatives including Maggie Kuhn spokesman for the Gray panthers told the social Security subcommittee that they vehemently oppose any reduction in Bene fits including raising the retirement age and freezing the annual Cost of living adjustment for six months. But subcommittee chairman . Pickled Texas argued we simply have to in social Security consider the years beyond. We must consider the Young peo ple coming in Washington 0.c., a homeless Man wrapped in a Blanket finds a warm spot on he s grate Ful for warmth a photo a steam grate near the White House after what bad been described As an unseasonably mild Winter the nation s capital got hit hard by snowstorms

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