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Retirement...What's that?

Posted by Joellen Leavelle on June 24, 2011

Yesterday I attended a hearing held by the Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Called Stories from the Kitchen Table: How Middle Class Families are Struggling to Make Ends Meet, the hearing focused on the all-too-familiar challenges that many of America's middle class families are facing due to the economic downturn. 


Snail mail or e-mail? The Labor Department wants to know.

Posted by on June 22, 2011

How would you prefer to receive information about your retirement plan: delivered by regular mail on paper or electronically by e-mail? 

What if you don’t use a computer at work and only have access to a computer at home?


Hey, Republicans and Democrats: Are you listening?

Posted by Nancy Hwa on June 17, 2011

On NPR this morning, Morning Edition aired a story on the Republican Leadership Conference, which is taking place in New Orleans this weekend.  At one point, the reporter interviewed two women who were waiting in line to meet former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee. 


Senator cites the Retirement Income Deficit

Posted by Nancy Hwa on June 06, 2011

In May, Senators Herb Kohl (D-WI) and Mike Enzi (R-WY) introduced S. 1020, the Savings Enhancement by Alleviating Leakage in 401(k) Savings Act of 2011, or SEAL Act.


Gold-Plated Retirement?

Posted by Kyle Garrett on June 01, 2011

In “The elderly are better off than advertisedWashington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson attacks what he calls “selective and self-serving statistics” that have been cited by defenders of Social Security and Medicare. According to Samuelson, such statistics are used to oppose cuts in these vital programs and support an “outdated


Retirement under attack

Posted by on May 23, 2011

Look out, people, Congress is launching an all-out attack on the retirement security of current and future retirees.

Under the guise of cutting federal and state budget deficits, there is a an all-out assault on Social Security, Medicare and public pension plans – all programs that are central to providing economic well-being


The "happiest place on earth” doesn’t have retirement security

Posted by on May 17, 2011

It appears that Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck may find themselves in deep trouble when they retire.


Oklahoma appreciates its military spouses

Posted by Rebecca Davis on May 06, 2011

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation Day. A fitting day to tell you all that current and former military spouses (especially those in Oklahoma) can breathe a sigh of relief.


GE's deep pension freeze

Posted by Rebecca Davis on February 24, 2011

When I first saw the story that General Electric (GE) was closing its traditional pension plan to new hires I thought about lifelong activist and friend Helen Quirini and knew that she would be furious!  Helen was a long-time GE employee who fought for cost-of-living adjustments in GE retirement plans. 


What's in a Name?

Posted by on February 15, 2011

At the Pension Rights Center, we deal with a lot of technical language that can be puzzling to people who don’t work on retirement income issues.  But the meaning of words is important, even if you don’t use them every day, and, when it comes to the law, a word’s meaning can make all the difference.

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