"Raising the retirement age would inflict further hardship among a group of workers who are likely to face health and economic problems in their 60s." –Doug Hart, President, Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans
"Of all the lies and confusion that still surround the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the greatest is that it is bad for seniors." - Dave Meinell, President, Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans
"My father died when I was three. Because of Social Security (survivors) benefits, my Mom, my younger sister and I survived." – Diane Fleming, DC Alliance Member
"We fear that Congress will balance the budget on the backs of the 98 percent, which is working Montanans and retired Montanans. We simply cannot afford these devastating cuts to vital services such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," –John Forkan, President, Montana Alliance for Retired Americans
"Along with national parks and Social Security, Medicare is one of the best ideas we Americans have ever devised." -Tim Cunningham, New Mexico Alliance Member
"Seniors have earned and deserve their Social Security checks, and they shouldn't have to go to Congress every 10 years and beg for the program to be renewed." –James Parent, Alliance for Retired Americans Regional Board Member
"Today's retirees paid Medicare and Social Security taxes in every paycheck we ever earned. Now that we are retired, these programs help us to be able to stay healthy and pay our bills. They are the promise we make to people who worked hard all their lives, and we need to keep that promise for today’s workers." –Tony Fransetta, former President, Florida Alliance for Retired Americans
"Today's seniors want to lower the budget deficit. We do not want a large debt to be the legacy we leave to future generations, but we should not punish people who have paid Social Security taxes all their lives." –Jim Moore, former President, North Carolina Alliance for Retired Americans
"Social Security should remain what it has been for 77 years – a solid, reliable way that generations of workers have been able to retire with dignity, economic security, and peace of mind." –Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The fight for Social Security and Medicare is part of a larger fight for justice and fairness"—Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
"The health insurance reform helps not just seniors, but also middle-class families and young Americans, who are just starting to see the benefits. Don’t let Republicans take all that away." –Don Rowen, President Emeritus, Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans
"Honoring the promise of Social Security and Medicare should not be a partisan issue. Honoring the contributions that we make throughout our working years so that we may feed and clothe ourselves, keep a roof over our heads and those of our family, there is no reason for that to be a hotly contested partisan issue." –Edward Coyle, former Executive Director, Alliance for Retired Americans
"We need to make sure that people who need Social Security to make ends meet will have it, and not fall victim to ill-informed and unnecessary cuts to these vital programs."
–Barbara J. Easterling, President, Alliance for Retired Americans
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Joseph Peters - Secretary-Treasurer
Joseph Peters, Jr. is the Secretary-Treasurer of the Alliance for Retired Americans. He retired in 2010, having served 22 years as an international representative of the UAW, including serving more than ten years as regional director of UAW Region 1 in Michigan.
He currently serves on three charitable boards: Care House which provides shelter and care for abused mothers and their children, ConcaD'Oro, an organization which provides funding for "No Child Without Christmas" and the John Dewan scholarship foundation which provides scholarships for deserving college students.
As a UAW Local 400 member, Peters first worked at Ford Motor Company Mount Clemens (MI) paint plant. He was laid off in 1969 and rehired at Ford Utica trim plant that same year.
His rise through the UAW ranks began in 1978 when he was elected midnight shift committee man. In 1981 he was elected to the plant bargaining committee, and three years later elected as chairman at the Utica plant. Peters was elected vice-president of Local 400 in 1985, assumed the presidency in 1986 and was re-elected president in 1988. He was also elected delegate to the UAW's 27th and 28th Constitutional Conventions in 1983 and 1986 respectively. He served as national negotiator from Sub-council 5 for the UAW Ford negotiations in 1987.
In 1988 Peters was appointed to the International staff by UAW president Owen Bieber and assigned to the union’ National Ford Department. In 1999, President Yokich appointed Peters assistant director of UAW Region 1 and he was elected regional director by delegates to the Region 1 Special Convention in 2005. He was re-elected on June 14, 2006 at the union’s 34th Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Joseph Peters Jr. was born in Highland Park, Michigan and graduated from Highland Park High School, in 1965. After high school he attended Highland Park Junior College, Wayne State University and Oakland University.