Retirement Security

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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Oct 9

Join AFGE, NYS AFL-CIO, NYC CLC, Rainbow PUSH Coalition & Federal Employees to rally against the government shutdown.

Call on Congress to pass a clean funding bill and allow federal employees back on the job.

 

 

Oct 4, 2013 | News Story

This week, the stagehands of IATSE Local One took to the streets to protest the union-busting tactics of the Carnegie Hall Corporation.  A deal between the union and Carnegie Hall Corporation was reached this afternoon.

Oct 4, 2013 | News Story

This week, members of United Here have been picketing outside of 55 Water Street, protesting the Post-Sandy layoffs of more than 50 workers. 

Oct 8

Join CUNY Research Foundation Central Office Staff for a contract rally, where the group will demand to be respected as a union. They are seeking good-faith negotiations, equal pay for equal work, and higher wages.
 

Please download the flyer for further information

Sep 28

Two car washes that have recently voted to join RWDSU are now fighting for their first contracts.  The managers have been harassing union supporters. Workers also have complained about health and safety conditions.

Sep 21

Join the NY Metro APWU Postal Union for an emergency meeting, rally, and march to save the post office. Speakers will include Congressman Jose E. Serrano, and Jonathan Smith, President of the NY Metro Area Postal Union.
 

Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Sep 12, 2013 | Press Release

Voters Showed Up in Record Numbers To Support Labor's Endorsed Candidates

Sep 5

Please join us in supporting the 60 Walmart workers who were unjustly fired after standing-up and speaking-out.

Aug 29

Since publicly launching their campaign, workers report winning a series of workplace victories, including raises, more hours, and most recently, a repaired air conditioner on the hottest day of the year.