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Grassroots Groups

Below is a list of retiree organizations that have been instrumental in preserving and expanding the rights of retirees. By helping retirees assert their rights, these organizations have had a significant impact on the lives of millions of retirees. Read below to learn about or become involved with these organizations.


Mission: To enhance the quality of life for all as they age. AARP leads positive social change and delivers value to members through information, advocacy and service.

Aetna Retirees Association

Mission: To involve retirees in protecting the medical, dental, vision, prescription drug and life insurance benefits as well as the pensions that Aetna committed itself to, so that Aetna retirees may live in retirement as Aetna promised they would.

AFSCME Retirees

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

Alliance for Retired Americans

Mission: To ensure social and economic justice and full civil rights for all citizens so that they may enjoy lives of dignity, personal and family fulfillment and security.


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.

Allstate Agents Pension and Benefits Action Coalition

Mission: To right the wrong of frozen pensions and suspended benefits to the same people who do the same jobs now as independent contractors that they did for many years as employees. To learn more about this organization, send an e-mail to Ron Harper.

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.

Association of Ameritech / SBC Retirees

Mission: To preserve and enhance pension, healthcare, and other benefits earned by retirees while employed by SBC and its predecessor and/or successor companies.

Association of BellTel Retirees

Mission: To advocate for the more than 220,000 Bell Atlantic, NYNEX, GTE and VERIZON retirees. The Association also represents active employees regarding retiree issues, such as cash balance plan conversions and recently announced termination of management pension and healthcare benefits.

Association of Former Pan Am Employees, Inc.

Mission: To deal with the issue of pension benefits for some 85,000 former employees of both Pan Am and National Air Lines.