Hundreds of AFSCME retirees gathered in Las Vegas for the convention of the labor-supported Alliance for Retired Americans. They came to fight for retirement security for current and future retirees,...
Dolores Bresette, Rhode Island Retiree Chapter 94, speaks as part of a battleground program during AFSCME's 40th International Convention held in Los Angeles.
AFSCME Retirees join with Next Wavers — members age 35 and younger — to visit affiliates across the country and experience AFSCME through its history, activism, lobbying and organizing efforts....
Phyllis Zamarripa (CO Chapter 76), Howard Van Kleef (OH Chapter 1184) and Elvyss Arguetta, Local 88 (OR Council 75) get down on the Convention floor.
- Mar 20 Low Savings Mean Retirement Insecurity Pensions have all but vanished in most workplaces, replaced (if at all) by 401(k)-style savings plans that leave whatever dollars that are put aside for the long haul to the wild gyrations of the stock market. (Blog)
- Mar 17 ‘The Truth About John Arnold’ Revealed Last November, Phoenix voters emphatically rejected a ballot initiative that would have replaced city workers’ pensions with risky 401(k)-style plans. (Blog)
- Mar 11 Retirees Out in Force for Washington State Lobby Day With several critical issues on the front burner of the Washington state Legislature, a record number of retirees turned out during their annual Lobby Day last month. (Blog)
- Mar 09 AFSCME Council 8 Finds Fix for Cincy Pensions The Cincinnati Retirement System’s seven-year financial roller-coaster ride finally came to an end. Thanks to proposals by AFSCME Council 8, an agreement was reached that protects current and future retirees. (Blog)
- Mar 02 Ohio Members Win $150,000 in Pension Pay Dispute After years of delays, a Lucas County (Ohio) judge set aside an arbitration decision and ordered the City of Toledo to write a check to approximately 100 AFSCME members who were wrongly denied the pay they were owed. (Blog)
- Feb 27 Texas Corrections Members Fight for Pension, Pay Issues AFSCME Texas Corrections members showed up in full force Feb. 23 to testify before the Senate Finance Committee about the importance of addressing pension and pay raise issues during this legislative session. (Blog)
- Feb 26 Judge Says Christie Broke Law on Pensions Gov. Chris Christie’s attempt to shortchange the state’s pension fund by cutting the state’s payment by $1.6 billion was illegal, Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ruled Feb. 23. (Blog)
- Feb 23 White House Conference on Aging Event Shines Spotlight on Challenges Faced by Seniors The White House Conference on Aging event in Tampa, on Feb. 19, was the first in a series of regional meetings designed to put a spotlight on the challenges retirees face today. (Blog)
- Feb 02 Fighting to Protect Pensions in Indiana 231 public service workers – bus drivers, library workers, health care workers and others — attended a Lobby Day at the Indiana Statehouse to talk to their legislators about the bills affecting their retirements. (Blog)
- Jan 15 City Workers Donate Settlement to Senior Center Last year, members of AFSCME Local 1303-041, Council 4, in Weston, Connecticut, filed unfair labor practices against the city after it violated their contract. The local won their case. The 11 members agreed to donate the proceeds from their settlement. (Blog)
- Jan 08 Congress' First Act: Attack on Social Security The corporate-led effort to undermine the nation’s social safety net got off to a quick start in the new Congress, led by extremist lawmakers who ultimately want to privatize Social Security. (Blog)
- Dec 23 ‘Dreaming of a Fair Governor’ in Missouri Home care attendants, their clients and community members last week visited the home of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, singing him such Christmas carols as “Home Care Workers Are Coming to Town” and “I’m Dreaming of a Fair Governor.” (Blog)
- Dec 17 New Jersey Pension Boards Join Unions in Fight Over Pension Cuts New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s decision to shortchange the state’s pension plans by $2.4 billion is wrong and should be overturned, trustees of the state’s largest pension funds said in a lawsuit filed last week. (Blog)
- Nov 10 Phoenix Voters Defeat Pension Cut Initiative Phoenix voters on Tuesday emphatically rejected a billionaire-backed ballot initiative that would have replaced city workers’ pensions with risky 401(k) style plans. (Blog)
- Nov 06 Court Ruling Backs City on Promise to Retirees Public workers and retirees in Stockton, California, scored a major victory last week when a judge approved the city’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy without making cuts to workers’ pensions. (Blog)
- Oct 27 Retirees, AFSCME President Talk Midterm Elections’ Importance Last week, thousands of retiree members across the country participated in an AFSCME Retirees teletown hall with AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders to discuss what’s at stake in the fall elections and commit to volunteer in the final days of the campaign. (Blog)