2022 Retirement Security Symposium

On November 15, 2022 the Alliance held an educational retirement security seminar for union leaders, senior staff, legislative representatives, pension advocates, academics, lawyers and young workers.

AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler discussed the Butch Lewis Act and labor’s role in the passage of the American Rescue Plan by video, senior Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) staff talked about how the American Rescue Plan is working and the status of private sector plans. Rep. John Larson (CT) also spoke about protecting and enhancing earned Social Security benefits.

You can watch videos of the event and access links to PDFs of presentation slide decks below.


Introductory Remarks, Alliance President Robert Roach, Jr.


Butch Lewis Act and Labor’s Role in the Passage of the American Rescue Plan, AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler


Dr. Kristina Brown’s testimony before the Ways and Means Committee (begins at 1:07:25 and ends at 1:10:03)


Social Security and Medicare
Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans


Broken Promises Mean Broken Lives. The Story Continues.

Mike Walden, Incorporator and former President, National United Committee to Protect Pensions (NUCPP)

Ken Stribling, current NUCPP President


PBGC’s Pension Insurance Programs, Special Financial Assistance for Multiemployer Plans under ARP, and PBGC Reports
Ted Goldman, Director and Amy Viener, Senior Policy Actuary for the Policy, Research and Analysis Department
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC)


“In Pursuit of Pension Power”
Meghan Rozarie, Senior Associate
Retirees Organization and Field Services Department, American Federation of Teachers (AFT)


“Trends in Retirement Bargaining: What Do (Young) Workers Want?”
Ilana Boivie, Senior Research Economist for the Strategic Resources Department
Machinists Union (IAMAW)


The Status of Public Pension Plans
Sisto Campana, Labor Advocate


Federal Employee Update
Jeff Cruz, Legislative Representative
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE)


Protecting and Enhancing Earned Social Security Benefits
Congressman John Larson (CT)
Chairman, Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee


Closing Remarks