Preparing for Retirement Symposium

On October 17, 2023, the Alliance held its annual Preparing for Retirement Symposium: Individual and Collective Efforts. The event brought government officials, labor movement leaders, policy experts, Social Security and pension advocates, academics, attorneys, and economists together to discuss retirement security and social insurance issues. Attendees learned about ways for individuals and the government to take action that ensures retirement security for all.

Speakers included Rep. John Larson (CT), AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Fred Redmond, and AFT President Randi Weingarten as well as officials from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and the U.S. Department of Labor.

Video of the event is available here and copies of the speakers’ presentations are below.

Videos and Presentations

Introductory Remarks, Alliance President Robert Roach, Jr.

Butch Lewis Act Legislation
Kenneth Stribling, President of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions (NUCPP)

Fred Redmond, AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer

Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President


Pre-Retirement Workshops Recruiting the Next Wave of Retiree Activists
Calvin MacDowell, Senior Associate, Retirees AFT | Organization and Field Services

Rep. John Larson

Closing the Gap: The Role of Public Pensions in Reducing Retirement Inequality
Tyler Bond, Research Director, NIRS

Federal Employee Report
Jeff Cruz, AFGE Legislative Representative

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Anne Henderson, PBGC Senior Advisor and Kevin Muse, PBGC Supervisory Actuary

Public Pensions Update
Shaun O’Brien, Policy Director, AFSCME

Karen Friedman, Executive Director of the Pension Rights Center


Social Security – Our Earned Benefits
Richard Fiesta, Alliance for Retired Americans, Executive Director

Liz Shuler, AFL-CIO President

PBGC’s Missing Participants Program
Anne Henderson, PBGC Senior Advisor; Norman Jackson, Deputy Director, U.S. Department of Labor, Philadelphia Regional Office; Timothy Rowe, Senior Investigator, U.S. Department of Labor, Washington District Office

Defined Contribution Plans: Pitfalls and Potential
Ilana Boivie, Senior Economist, IAMAW