Now is the right time to become an American Federation of Musicians member. From ragtime to rap, from the early phonograph to today's digital recordings, the AFM has been there for its members. And now there are more benefits available to AFM members than ever before, including a multi-million dollar pension fund, excellent contract protection, instrument and travelers insurance, work referral programs and access to licensed booking agents to keep you working.
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January 27, 2015IM -
As the Republican majority House of Representatives got to work in January, they set to work to cut Social Security almost immediately. Buried in a package of rule changes, was a provision that the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM) says would: “allow a 20% benefit cut for millions of disabled Americans, unless there are broader Social Security benefit cuts or tax increases improving the solvency of the combined trust funds.”
Republicans didn’t call it a cut, saying they were changing the rules on reallocation (the routine transfer of funds between the Social Security retirement trust fund and the disability program). The Alliance for Retired Americans called the House action “a direct attack on seniors, disabled Americans, and the Social Security trust fund … [and] a complete disregard for keeping the promise to hardworking Americans who have contributed to Social Security.”
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