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There are many ways to protest pension injustices and encourage policymakers to make reforms to our nation's retirement income system. Browse this section of our website to learn more about what you can do to encourage policymakers to support policies and proposals that improve the retirement security of America's workers, retirees, and their families.

  1. Contact your elected officials asking them to pass legislation that promotes fair and adequate retirement income policies for workers, retirees, and their families. Make sure to use our tips for writing letters to members of Congress.  Making calls and arranging in-person meetings are two other ways that will help make sure your legislators know what issues are important to you.
  2. Sign up to receive our Pension Action e-newsletter. We'll send you important updates on issues related to pensions and retirement security and keep you informed on how you can take action.
  3. Make your voice heard by using our tips to write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper or magazine.

Act Now (View All)

Tell Congress: Protect retirees and support the Butch Lewis Act of 2017

Write to your members of Congress and tell them to support S. 2147, the Butch Lewis Act of 2017 introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and H.R. 4444, the Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act introduced by Representative Richard Neal (D-MA).

Tell Congress: Protect retirees and support the Butch Lewis Act of 2017

Tell Congress: Protect retiree pensions!

For 40 years, one of the foundations of pension law was the principle that once a retiree started receiving benefits, those benefits couldn’t be taken away unless a plan ran out of money. A 2014 law changed that. The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act overturned 40 years of precedent and placed retirement in jeopardy for the 10 million workers covered by multiemployer pension plans.

Tell Congress: Protect retiree pensions!

Tell the Senate: Help workers save for retirement

At the urging of financial institutions and insurance companies, the U.S. Senate is gearing up to vote on two resolutions that would stop new initiatives to help millions of private-sector workers, many of them employees of small business, save for retirement.

Tell the Senate: Help workers save for retirement
Take Action: Tell Congress: Stop the so-called composite bill

Take Action: Tell Congress: Stop the so-called composite bill

Urge your members of Congress to stop a draft proposal that would send shockwaves through the nation’s multiemployer pension system. A dangerous proposal, called the “composite bill,” could be attached to must-pass year-end legislation, in this year’s lame-duck session of Congress, just as it was with the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) two years ago.

Take Action: Tell Congress: Stop the so-called composite bill
Sign the petition! Demand that Congress Protect Retiree Pensions

Sign the petition! Demand that the Treasury Department Protect Retiree Pensions

Join us by calling on the Treasury Department to reject the Central States Pension Fund's application to cut retiree pensions and to work with Congress toward a bi-partisan solution to fix underfunded multiemployer plans, while preserving pension promises to workers, retirees and their families.

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Sign the petition! Urge your members of Congress to support the Keep Our Pension

Sign the petition! Urge your members of Congress to support the Keep Our Pension Promises Act

Urge your members of Congress to support the Keep Our Pension Promises Act, which would stop the benefit cuts imposed by the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.  These cuts would undermine the most fundamental and sacrosanct principles of the federal private pension law, ERISA.

Sign the petition today!

Grassroots Groups (View All)

BellSouth Retirees Association

Mission: To improve communications among the retirees of BellSouth and to offer a platform where the voices of BellSouth retirees can come together as one. The BellSouth Retirees Association aims to will get the message of protecting promised benefits before the leaders of BellSouth and demand they listen.

IBM Retirees

Mission: To provide a service to IBM employees and friends, investors, and others who don't have the time to follow the large volume of postings on the Yahoo! clubs.

Pension Preservation Network

Mission:o provide timely information and improved communication among retired and working individuals concerning pension plans and issues, motivating them to proactively safeguard promised pension benefits.

American Federation of Teachers Program on Retirement and Retirees

Mission: To help AFT retirees defend their rights, build strong retirement chapters and obtain the best benefits available to them as union members.

Activist Profiles (View All)

Helen Quirini

Helen Quirini, co-chair of the GE Retirees Justice Fund successfully used a variety of grassroots and shareholder strategies to convince General Electric to provide pensioners a series of cost-of-living adjustments.

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Janice Winston

Janice Winston rallied a group of Verizon employees to convince company executives to reverse their decision to require all employees to switch to a new, less generous pension plan.

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Frank Bryant

Frank Bryant is a founding member of the Central States Pension Improvement Committee and has organized a group of Teamsters to communicate with Congress about their concerns.

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C. William Jones

C. William Jones, who formed the Association of BellTell Retirees to persuade Verizon to provide regular increases in pensions for its retirees, has spearheaded the passage of resolutions at the company's annual shareholder meetings.

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