Montana State AFL-CIO: We Must “Stand Up For The Middle Class and Defend Social Security”
Executive Secretary Al Ekblad Calls Out “Extremists who believe workers ‘have an obligation to work’ until they die”
(HELENA, MONT.) – Al Ekblad, Executive Secretary of the Montana State AFL-CIO which represents over 44,000 Montana workers and their families, today released the following statement on the 80th anniversary of President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the Social Security Act into law:
“Social Security is the most successful social program in the history of the United States. Before Social Security, almost half of seniors were living in poverty. Today, Social Security lifts almost 70,000 Montana retirees out of poverty. Protecting and expanding Social Security is critical to working families.
Montanans have always led the way in taking care of our seniors. In 1923 Montana passed the Old Age Pension Act, which became the model for President Roosevelt’s Social Security Act.
Unfortunately, Social Security is under attack from extremists who believe workers ‘have an obligation to work’ until they die. I wish I was exaggerating, but I’m not. That’s why it’s so important for us to stand up for the middle class and defend Social Security.”