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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.

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Tell Congress: My pension is important!

Now is the time to tell members of Congress that your pension is important to you. Take a few minutes to send an e-mail to your members of Congress asking them to take steps to protect your retirement security.

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Grassroots Groups (View All)

AFSCME Retirees

Mission: To protect and improve the pensions and retiree health benefits of state and local government retirees. 

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.

Alliance@IBM

Mission: To preserve and improve rights and benefits of employees at IBM. Alliance@IBM also strive towards restoring management's respect for the individual and the value we bring to the company as employees. Our mission is to make our voice heard with IBM management, shareholders, government and the media.

Association of US West Retirees (AUSWR)

Mission: To represent its more than 40,000 Qwest Communications retirees and surviving spouses by helping ensure that each retiree receives every benefit earned as a result of their long service to the company.

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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