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Terri’s story, or, cancer doesn’t care how responsible you are

Terri did everything right. She and her husband raised three great children – now mostly grown. She was a loyal employee for 14 years and prepared for the future, buying into the short term disability plan her company offered and

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Paid Family and Medical Leave

Chart of the Week: 401(k)s Fueling Economic Inequality

After the Boeing machinists’ historic and close vote recently, the debate around retirement security continues. With the approval of their next contract to build the 777x here in Washington state, backed-in Boeing machinists voted to eliminate their pensions by 2016

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Posted in An Inclusive Economy, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

Pensions part of system that actually works right

We elect our state legislators with the hope that they will look out for the public. So it always is sort of a shock when legislators work to undermine government services which work best for people. It as if they

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Retirement Security

Americans support universal pensions, oppose Social Security cuts – will our leaders listen?

Given that millions of Americans are facing a very uncertain and risky retirement (53% of working households are at risk of financial insecurity in retirement, up from 30% in 1989), it’s troubling to see national leaders seemingly bent on making

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts, Social Security

Why aren’t people saving for retirement? Because they can’t.

A generation ago, just one-third of working Americans weren’t able to save enough for their future retirement. Today more than half of American workers over 30 are on track to be unprepared for retirement, and more reliant on family members

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Retirement Security Accounts

401Ks are a disaster

Recent and near-retirees, the first major cohort of the 401(k) era, do not have nearly enough in retirement savings to even come close to maintaining their current lifestyles. We need an across the board increase in Social Security retirement benefits

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Retirement Security, Social Security

Growing concern over retirement security, but good public policy can restore confidence

The Pew Research Center reports that more Americans are worried about financing their retirement – and for good reason. In a recent survey, 38% of respondents said they were “not too” or “not at all” confident they would have enough

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

Why we should retire 401(k) plans for pensions

Eight years ago, while thousands of corporations were shutting down their retirement plans, the United Methodist Church decided to go back to the future. The Methodists took a lesson from their faith. The Methodist Book of Discipline guides the church

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Column, Retirement Security, Social Security

Pensions critical to older Americans – and our economy

Historically, pensions, savings, and Social Security have been the three pillars of American retirement security. But with the disappearance of private sector pensions, Wall Street’s wild swings threatening 401Ks, and misinformation about Social Security fueling a push for unnecessary cuts,

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security, Social Security

401k fees eat money like moths in a sweater drawer – but not for much longer

New fee disclosure requirements for 401k plans are just around the corner – that’s good news for everyone who wants to save You can’t see them easily, but chances are they’re eating away at the money you’ve been putting away

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security
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