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In memory of Butch Lewis

Posted by Karen Friedman on January 05, 2016

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

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This is what we do: help people

Posted by Nancy Hwa on November 30, 2015

My colleague Kyle often brings to my attention news articles that might merit a response from us. Sometimes the article contains a factual error. Sometimes we disagree with a statement in the article and write an opposing view in a letter to the editor. Sometimes we have additional information to add. 


A big step forward for state-based initiatives

Posted by Karen Friedman on November 23, 2015

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.


The fight to protect savers from bad financial advice heats up

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on November 06, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor’s effort to update its fiduciary rules – rules that protect Americans trying to save for retirement – has reached yet another new level.


Central States Pension Fund announces proposed pension cuts

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on October 06, 2015

In the last few days we at the Pension Rights Center have been inundated with calls from retirees who are receiving letters from their pension plan informing them that their pension is slated to be cut by as much as 70 percent.


An amazing "Day of Action"

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on October 01, 2015

To help retirees around the country fight back against proposed reductions in their hard-earned pensions, the Pension Rights Center organized a “day of action” on September 10. The day was an amazing success with more than 200 retirees travelling to DC from 11 states to ask government officials and members of Congress to “stop the clock” on pension cuts.


New statistics show a different type of income inequality

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on August 11, 2015

Lately, there’s been a lot of talk about income inequality – the increasing gap between our society’s highest-paid workers and the lowest-paid. Generally the term “income inequality” is used to highlight the difference in wages and salary for people while they’re working.


Older Americans Month 2015 – Helping older Americans get into the act

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on May 06, 2015

May 1 marked the start of Older Americans Month, a time when the aging services community highlights the country’s older Americans and the programs that serve them.


A "Gettysburg Address" on pension promises

Posted by Karen Friedman on April 29, 2015

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.


Glimmers of hope for victims of unfair pension takebacks

Posted by Nancy Hwa on April 16, 2015

In a recent article, “Can They Grab Your Pension?”, AARP Bulletin highlights the problem of recoupment – when a pension plan overpays a retiree and then demands that the retiree pay back the ove

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