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State makes it easier to save for retirement

When you think about retirement, you can imagine a life in which you are freed from decades of work, having to put up with a bad boss or difficult co-workers, able to take your time waking up in the morning

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

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

What good is the “Land of Opportunity” if you’re kept offshore?

A recent study from the Pew Research Center found that 70 percent of households face financial strains, are unable to save money and could not withstand a financial emergency. At a time when economic trends are increasingly negative, it seems

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days, Retirement Security Accounts

The Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace

The Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace

February 26, 2015

The Looming Retirement Crisis Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Washingtonians, especially those who work for small businesses. A recent state survey revealed that approximately 462,000 Washingtonians between ages 45-64 have less than $25,000 in

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Illinois Secure Choice retirement plan will help fill the retirement gap

Last week, the Illinois General Assembly joined the State Senate by passing the Secure Choice Retirement plan (SB 2758). If signed by out-going Governor Quinn, Illinois will be the second state in the nation to adopt and perhaps the first

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, Retirement Security

Ladders to opportunity: Chris

“I don’t expect to retire—that’s the thing—I expect to keep on working.  I don’t have much saved….I’m worried about it.” Chris, a baby boomer in his 60s, has his roots in Pullman, WA. After leaving Kansas during the dust bowl

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Posted in A Fair Deal at Work, An Inclusive Economy, Retirement Security

Response to the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Annual Report

Response to the 2014 Social Security Trustees’ Annual Report

August 15, 2014

Every year, the Social Security Trustees are required by law to project the program’s finances 75 years into the future. Recently, the Trustees released their 2014 report – and their intermediate projection confirms Social Security can easily continue to provide

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Increase wages to protect Social Security Trust Fund

This week the Social Security Trustees reported that our FICA contributions plus interest, net of all benefits paid out, have increased the Social Security Trust Fund by $32 billion. The trustees also forecast that Social Security benefits are completely sustainable

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START offers hope in fight for retirement security

In the 2014 legislative session, lawmakers looked at how to help workers save and plan for retirement when they don’t have savings plans provided at work. Senator Mark Mullet (Issaquah) and Representative Larry Springer (Kirkland) proposed a new program called

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New bill would encourage early saving for retirement

Getting people to save for their future automatically is the goal of legislation that gets a Senate committee hearing today in Olympia. Called “Save Toward a Retirement Today” or “STaRT,” the bill creates a basic, voluntary retirement savings plan that

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