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State-Run IRAs May Offer a New Retirement Plan Option

01/08/2016 | US News & World Report

According to the Pension Rights Center, half the states in the nation are discussing the possibility of creating state-run IRAs for workers at small businesses. 

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Triangle Wire pension fight resolved for 14 former employees

01/05/2016 | Norwich Bulletin

Former employees of Triangle Wire & Cable Co. are finally receiving lost pensions and benefits after more than a year of negotiations. The Boston-based advocacy group New England Pension Assistance Project, represented the former employees. 

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Teamster activist remembered as member's president

01/05/2016 | Cincinnati Enquirer

Friends and peers remembered Estil "Butch" Lewis Jr. as an honest, valiant leader whose humility eclipsed his love for his job.

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Appeals court upholds ruling denying church-plan status for health-care system

12/29/2015 | Pensions & Investments

Karen Ferguson, director of the Pension Rights Center, called the decision “a terrific victory for thousands of orderlies, cafeteria workers, nurses and others who were told throughout their careers at Saint Peter’s that they were fully protected by federal law.”

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The 2015 Pension 40: Karen Ferguson and Karen Friedman

12/22/2015 | Institutional Investor

"The challenges to retirement security today we couldn't have imagined 40 years ago," says PRC director Ferguson.

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The 2015 Pension 40: The Long Climb

12/22/2015 | Institutional Investor

The struggle over the fate of defined benefit pensions continues to dominate the Institutional Investor's annual ranking of the 40 most important people in pensions.

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Teamster Retirees Demand Trustees 'Stop the Rush' to Slash Pensions in Half

12/17/2015 | Labor Notes

They thought their pensions were secure—but now they’re fighting to keep them. Retired and active Teamsters in 25 states from Florida to Minnesota received notice this fall that their pensions could be cut by as much as 60 percent, beginning July 1.

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1 Million Affected by De-Risking in 5 Years, PBGC Says

12/15/2015 | Bloomberg BNA's Pension & Benefits Reporter

More than a million defined benefit plan participants in larger plans were affected by pension de-risking activities from 2009 through 2013, and more than half of those were involved in 2012 transactions, the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation said in a report.

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Senate passes church pension plan clarifications

12/14/2015 | Pensions & Investments

Pension Rights Center Director Karen Ferguson is worried that the legislation, if passed, could nonetheless have a negative effect on litigation filed by church plan participants. 

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14,800 Minnesotans face deep cuts to their pensions

12/14/2015 | Star Tribune

Ken Petersen spent 30 years as a Teamster trucker, loading and hauling utility poles, fertilizer and other freight. All those years his employers socked money away for the monthly pension check Petersen has received since he retired from trucking in 2003.

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