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INTERACTIVE and FUN Tools on the crisis and what we can do

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How does the retirement crisis affect women? Watch this video to find out

Despite decades of social and economic gains, older American women are still twice as likely…

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Watch this lively video and share on how to strengthen social security

Produced by Social Security Works – WA & The Economic Opportunity Institute

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Take this video quiz from NCLR

What is Social Security?
How much do you really know about it?
Find out! Take the Social Security VideoQuiz!

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Research on the Crisis

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SEIU California & Retirement Security for All

October 26, 2016 Research, Resources 0 Comments

We came together in Sacramento with partner groups from across the country to create a movement to organize, prepare, and to start the fight for Retirement Security for All.

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California’s Looming Crisis of Senior Poverty & Retirement Insecurity

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

Millions of Californians are heading into retirement without enough savings or income, with diminishing job prospects, and no place to turn. Senior poverty, once a social problem in retreat, is now roaring back – and California is at the forefront in this new era of retirement insecurity.

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Are U.S. Workers Ready for Retirement?

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

For a secure retirement, workers need Social Security as well as retirement savings to supplement Social Security. Employer sponsored retirement plans provide the best vehicle for retirement savings because they provide a practical and efficient way for workers to save consistently. However, almost half of Americans who were working in 2011 were not offered a retirement account at work.

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The Continuing Retirement Savings Crisis

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

The report, The Continuing Retirement Savings Crisis, examines the readiness of working-age households, based primarily on an analysis of the Survey of Consumer Finances from the U.S. Federal Reserve System. The study analyzes workplace retirement plan coverage, retirement account ownership, and household retirement savings as a percentage of income, and estimates the share of working families that meet financial industry recommended benchmarks for retirement savings.

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Americans’ Views of the Retirement Crisis

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

A new nationwide public opinion research report finds that an overwhelming majority of Americans – 86 percent – believe the nation faces a retirement crisis.

These findings are contained in a new research report, Retirement Security 2015: Roadmap for Policy Makers |Americans’ Views of the Retirement Crisis.

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The “golden years” are gone: Why retirement is hell for American women

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

The median retirement income for women in 2010 was just 59 percent that of men, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office. Complicating matters further is the fact that women live longer than men, are more likely to live alone in old age, and have higher medical costs.

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UC Berkeley Labor Center

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

The Labor Center conducts research on workers’ retirement prospects in the context of threats to Social Security, the decline of secure workplace pensions, and the shift to individual investment accounts like 401(k)s. We also assess state policies and proposals that aim to improve retirement security in California and nationally.

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Diane Oakley, Executive Director, National Institute on Retirement Security

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

From the International Association of Fire Fighters 2012 Legislative Conference.

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National Institute on Retirement Security

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

The National Institute on Retirement Security is a non-profit research and education organization established to contribute to informed policymaking by fostering a deep understanding of the value of retirement security to employees, employers, and the economy as a whole.

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SEIU International Retirement Security for All

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

The economic crisis — and the Wall Street excesses and corporate abuses that drove it — has put a secure retirement at risk for everyone. Instead of cutting pensions for public employees and force more retirees into poverty, we’re working together to help deliver retirement security to more people.

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Op-Ed: It’s Time to Scrap the Cap

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

This week marks the time of the year when the 1 percent, our nation’s wealthiest, get a tax break as they stop contributing to the Social Security fund from their pay checks. For most of us, we’ll continue paying that same percentage of our earnings for the rest of the year.

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INCOME INEQUALITY: Hidden Economic Cost of Prevailing Approaches to Pension Reforms

May 21, 2015 Research, Resources 0 Comments

The struggle for social and economic justice in the United States cannot be won unless we address the issue of rising income inequality. Income inequality is related to many challenges we face in America today, including retirement security. Do pension reforms of the past three decades exacerbate income inequality? Does rising income inequality in turn dampen the economy? The purpose of this study is to address these questions

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How are we planning for a secure retirement?

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Secure Choice Program (Includes meeting schedules, upcoming agendas, and history on SB1234.)

May 21, 2015 Planning, Resources 0 Comments

The California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Program was established through leg­islation enacted in 2012 (Senate Bill (SB) 1234, Chapter 734). SB 1234 created the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust to receive, invest and payout the retirement contributions of participating employees. The trust will be administered by the nine-member California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Investment Board.

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New York May Enact First-Ever ‘Warning Label’ For People Who Want To Protect Their Life Savings

May 21, 2015 Planning, Resources 0 Comments

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer unveiled a new plan to regulate financial advisers, the first of its kind, that tries to protect the average investor from advisers who don’t have to put their clients’ best interests first.

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CA State Controller’s Office: Financial Planning Resources

May 21, 2015 Planning, Resources 0 Comments

The First Annual Manage Your Money Week was a huge success!

During the week of October 18-25, more than 135 financial education events took place around the state – with 59 cities in 29 counties having at least one event. Nearly two hundred organizations participated, which included state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, unions, schools, libraries, and financial institutions. From Tehama to San Diego County, hundreds of Californians attended events and increased their financial and money management knowledge.

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