Addition Social Security Office Wrap-up
RELEASE: Social Security Office Saved
for jobs and maintaining facilities. AFGE is no exception to this rule.
employees of the Social Security Administration's Western Addition
facility were notified in February that their office at 1405 Fillmore
Street in San Francisco would be closed on April 30, with employees and the
public being forced to go to downtown San Francisco, AFGE (American
Federation of Government Employees) (AFL-CIO) Local 3172 sprang into
President Cheryl Knapp and Vice President Donna B. Thomas announced their
commitment to work with employees to keep the office open. Regional
Council l47 President Katrina Lopez and Executive Vice President Sylvia
Norman also pledged their support.
Egerman, a Union Rep from East Oakland who had worked with employees in
his office to stop its closure, was asked to work with employees to stop
the closure. Every employee in the office signed a petition to fight the
Council President Lopez designed a letter to be signed by members of the
community. Regional Vice President Norman contacted churches and senior
citizen groups in the community. Local President Knapp and Vice President
Thomas lent local resources to support the effort.
contacted Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco who, after receiving
more than 200 calls from members of the public and community groups, wrote
Region 9 SSA Commissioner Pete Spencer about the closure, asking him for a
meeting on the issue. The letter pointed out that the office had never
been told that there were plans to close the office in April 2005. Egerman
also contacted Senator Barbara Boxer's office, which wrote a letter and
issued a press release.
officials were contacted, including San Francisco Supervisor Ross
Mirkarimi, who introduced a resolution at the Board's March 15 meeting
calling on the agency to rescind its decision to close the office. This
resolution was adopted unanimously. Assemblyman Leland Yee of San
Francisco, the Speaker Pro Tem of the California Assembly, lent his
support to the effort.
Dianne Feinstein wrote a letter to RC Spencer as well, noting that the
Western Addition office served a diverse population of people who spoke
varied languages as well as people with mobility problems. San Francisco
Central Labor Council Head Tim Paulson announced Local 3172's effort to
save the office at a rally sponsored by the California Federation of Labor
and noted that the crowd would be leafleted for support. Members of the
Gray Panthers and Senior Action Network who attended the rally were asked
for their support.
citizens, who are among the most disadvantaged and have limited mobility,
would be forced to endure the added burden of increased travel and money
for government services only available in already overcrowded field
offices," wrote San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who also opposed the
the senior and disabilities communities within the Western Addition spoke
to the press about the effort as well.
On April 7,
2005 Regional Commissioner Pete Spencer called Congresswoman Pelosi's
office to say that the decision to close the office on April 30, 2005 was
this decision," said AFGE Rep Howard Egerman. "AFGE fights for the
employees it is honored to represent and members of the public we are all
honored to serve. We strongly believe that community-based field offices
in places like San Francisco's Western Addition enable each of us to give
the type of quality public service the public needs and wants."
San Francisco Leadership for keeping Western Addition SSA Office open
3172 Union Rep Howard Egerman today expressed gratitude to the political
community and the senior and disabled citizen community of San Francisco
for working with his union to reverse the decision to close the San
Francisco Western Addition office located at 1405 Fillmore Street, San
grateful for the support our Local received from Congresswoman Nancy
Pelosi, U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Assembly Speaker
Pro Tem Leland Yee, Mayor Gavin Newsom, and a resolution from the Board of
Supervisors authored by Ross Mirkarimi, as well as countless members of
the clergy and community organizations and Tim Paulson of the San
Francisco Labor Council.
we represent are honored to serve the public. We are so delighted that our
sisters and brothers in the Western Addition office will be able to
continue to serve the public there. Social Security employees are
dedicated to give everyone the best possible public service.
Boxer, Feinstein prevent closure of Western Addition Social Security
At the urging of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senators Barbara
Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, the Social Security Administration (SSA)
announced it was reversing its decision to close its office in San
Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood.
Regional Commissioner Peter Spencer for reversing the Social Security
Administration's decision to close the Western Addition office, as well as
Senators Boxer and Feinstein for joining me in opposing the closure,"
Pelosi said. "Keeping this Social Security Administration office open will
ensure that elderly and disabled residents in the Western Addition, Inner
Richmond, Japantown, and Pacific Heights can continue to receive critical
services and information about their Social Security benefits in a setting
that is convenient, safe, and familiar."
SAA Regional Commissioner Peter D. Spencer on March 11, 2005 to protest
the closure, convey the depth of community opposition to the proposed
closure of the Western Addition office, and ask for a detailed explanation
of the reasons for the closure. On April 1, 2005, Pelosi's office met with
Mr. Spencer to reiterate her opposition to the closure.
Franciscans must be able to obtain the Social Security benefits they have
earned," Pelosi said. "The strong public opposition to the president's
privatization plan has made clear that Social Security is critical to
millions of Americans."