Fewer employers today provide defined-benefit pensions for their workers—and among those that do, many are offering “defined-contribution” (like 401[k]s) rather than traditional “defined-benefit” pension plans.
That’s why Social Security insurance is essential for millions of retirees. Nearly two-thirds of retirees count on Social Security for half or more of their retirement income and for more than three in 10, Social Security is 90 percent or more of their income. It is a safety net that keeps retirees out of poverty.
It’s also important to figure out what you will need to retire. Talking a look at how much Social Security will provide, whether you have another form of pension and how much you spend are all components in determining when you can retire.
For decades, workers achieved retirement security because their retirement income flowed from a combination of employer-provided pensions, Social Security and personal savings. But the recession has exposed the severe deficiencies in our retirement system. We need to develop a new way to provide workers with lifetime retirement security beyond Social Security.
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Pres. Alvarez: Increased Outreach, Not Elimination of Civil Service Exam, is Key to Growing FDNY Diversity
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez released the following statement regarding the City’s proposal to eliminate competitive examinations in FDNY recruitment:
Please stand in support of Verizon workers in their Fight for a Good Contract and for High Speed Internet For All this Thursday, August 13 at 12pm. CWA members will be holding informational pickets at 5 Verizon central offices throughout Manhattan and the Bronx.
Verizon workers are fighting for good jobs building and servicing FiOS, and properly serving copper network customers.
President Alvarez Commends Gawker Staff for Working Toward Building More Sustainable Careers, Voice at Work
New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement, congratulating staff at Gawker, who voted yesterday to join the Writers Guild of America East, AFL-CIO:
After nine months of bargaining, PSC-CUNY has seen no acceptable progress on a contract agreement.
Join PSC-CUNY for an emergency rally at Hunter College to show CUNY managers that Professors need a contract that addresses both salaries and working conditions.
Make history in New York on April 15, 2015. // Haz historia en Nueva York este 15 de abril.
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Ahead of 3/10 Strike, Central Labor Council Calls on NYU to Reach Fair Contract Agreement with Student Instructors, Researchers
New York, NY - President Vincent Alvarez of the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, today released the following statement regarding NYU's refusal to reach a fair contract for graduate student researchers and instructors: