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Commissioner Saul: Close Field Offices & Card Centers IMMEDIATELY
Updated On: Mar 28, 2020

From: Ralph C de Juliis <>

Date: March 15, 2020 at 7:04:08 PM CDT
Subject: URGENT REQUEST: Close all offices IMMEDIATELY

Previously, the union recommended common sense measures that SSA should adopt immediately:

1. return to telework for all components & let all employees work from home: particularly the SSA employees in field offices & card centers

2. SSA put up signage at every office alerting members of the public that if they are experiencing symptoms they should not enter the building but call the 800 number

3. SSA field employees be directed to handle all issues over the phone to reduce public contact & exposure.

You flatly denied every single one of the common sense measures the union suggested weeks ago. In fact, your agents James Julian & Jack Leiby have smugly told the union NO over the last several weeks.

The union now requests that you immediately close all field offices & card centers for a period of no less than 14 days. 

During a White House briefing today (March 15), Dr. Fauci clearly stated the White House position; “I don’t think it’s a good idea to congregate anybody anywhere,” Dr. Fauci said on CBS’s Face the Nation.

He also stated that EVERYONE should practice “social distancing” which means staying at least SIX feet away from anyone else at all times.

It’s impossible to carry out the White House’s instructions if you do not close Field Offices & Card Centers.

By keeping Field Offices & Card Centers open, you are deliberately & willfully jeopardizing the health & safety of the employees & the American people whom we serve.

It should be noted that states & municipalities have taken the extraordinary measures of ordering privately owned businesses to close early and/or limit their operations to only one-half of their capacity. In some cases, privately owned businesses have been ordered closed to prevent the spread of this pandemic.

Your refusal to act in a similar fashion is reckless, moronic & shameful!

SSA touts itself as as a model employer; it is time for SSA to act that way.

If any employee or member of the public dies as a result of your inexcusable inaction, their blood will be in YOUR hands.

Do the right thing: CLOSE FIELD OFFICES & CARD CENTERS NOW!! usual,

Ralph de Juliis, President

AFGE Council 220

PS: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where you used to be on the Board, is closed indefinitely to contain the spread of the coronavirus. 

Andrew, don’t you think that the lives of the elderly & disabled whom we serve at Social Security are as valuable as the lives of rich people who like to look at art?


On Mar 15, 2020, at 2:32 PM, Ralph C de Juliis <> wrote:

Good afternoon, All!!
Is SSA on board yet with signage in front of every office & to conduct their business by phone?
Ralph de Juliis, President
AFGE Council 220

Top U.S. health official urges Americans to stay home amid coronavirus
The federal government’s leading voice on infectious diseases said Americans will need to do much more to prevent community spread of the novelim coronavirus, urging them to avoid unnecessary public outings.

Read in The Wall Street Journal:

National Council of Social Security Administration Field Operations
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