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New Multiemployer Bill Introduced at Amazing Media Event

Yesterday was the day we have all been waiting for, the culmination of more than three years of hard work by hundreds of thousands of retirees and their many advocates and supporters. More...

New York State Teamsters’ pensions to be slashed because of unfair law

Last week, the news came in that workers and retirees voted in favor of pension cuts by the New York State Teamsters Pension Fund.
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Retirees protest proposed pension cuts

Retirees protest proposed pension cuts

The last few weeks have been busy for retirees who are working around the clock to stop the pension cuts proposed by the Central States Pension Fund that would affect hundreds of thousands of retired truck drivers, spouses and widows.  More...

In memory of Butch Lewis

In memory of Butch Lewis

We at the Pension Rights Center extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Butch Lewis who passed away on December 31, 2015. More...

A big step forward for state-based initiatives

A big step forward for state-based initiatives

For the past 15 years, one of the Center’s top priorities has been to find innovative ways of finishing the formidable task of expanding pensions and retirement savings for the about 50 percent of the workforce – 70 million Americans – who are not currently participating in an employer-sponsored retirement savings or pension plan. More...

A "Gettysburg Address" on pension promises

A "Gettysburg Address" on pension promises

Last week, I spoke to an auditorium full of economics and public policy students at Gettysburg College, as part of the Economics Department’s Finance Symposium. More...

President Obama calls for new consumer protections

A common-sense update

At a briefing hosted by AARP yesterday, I had the privilege of watching President Obama announce his support for a proposed rule to put a brake on conflicts of interest in investment advice for retirement acco More...

High marks for retirement plans

High marks for retirement plans

This week, President Obama unveiled his economic fixes for the middle-class. Among them was a proposal for Automatic IRAs, which he has championed since the Administration’s early days. More...

The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It is Bad for Workers and Retirees

The Case of the Deleted Social Security Data: Why It is Bad for Workers and Reti

In their 2014 report on the finances of Social Security, the trustees of the system deleted key information on the replacement rates of Social Security. What’s the harm in that, right? More...

Dancing through retirement

Dancing through retirement

I was struck by a recent Wall Street Journal article about a new craze overtaking China: retirees all across the country are “getting down,” having dance parties in parks, courtyards, and other public spaces in order to have fun and stay in shape. More...

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