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Illinois Alliance Member Bea Lumpkin, 104, Leads Chicago Labor Day Parade

Illinois Alliance member and AFT retiree Bea Lumpkin, going strong at 104, served as Grand Marshall for the 2022 Chicago Labor Day Parade Monday. The legendary Ms. Lumpkin has been an activist, professor, and writer during her lifetime. She is pictured with Chicago Federation... Read more

SSA Adds Safety Measures to Protect People Facing Long Wait Times, Adverse Conditions

When the Social Security Administration (SSA) reopened its offices for in-person appointments many beneficiaries and applicants faced long waits outside in the summer heat. Over the past several weeks, the agency has taken several steps to implement safety upgrades to address the... Read more

Union Support Reaches Its Highest Point In Nearly Six Decades

The latest Gallup poll shows that 71 percent of Americans currently approve of unions. Americans have not shown such a high level of support for unions since 1965. Union workers are more likely than nonunion workers to have retirement benefits. According to 2020 data from the ... Read more

New Study Shows Paxlovid Decreases COVID Deaths for Older People

A new study indicates that Pfizer’s COVID-19 treatment, Paxlovid, significantly reduces deaths and hospitalizations for patients aged 65 years and older. According to recent data, adults who are 65 years or older account for 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths and more than half of C... Read more

Celebrate Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act and Learn How it Will Lower Drug Prices

The Alliance will host a special virtual event on Thursday, September 15, at 4 PM Eastern time to celebrate the passage of this historic legislation. We will have experts on hand to break down the law and answer questions about how it will be implemented over the next few years. ... Read more

After Crackdown, Medicare Advantage Marketers Tone Down Sales Tactics

Medicare Advantage plans are being forced to tone down their aggressive advertising this year in response to increased oversight from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The new guidelines were prompted by an increase in consumer complaints, which swelled by 165... Read more

Wisconsin Senator Doubles Down on Plans to Slash Earned Retirement Benefits on Campaign Trail

Senator Ron Johnson (WI) this week discussed how to “coax” retirees back into the labor force during a tele town hall on Wednesday night. Earlier, Johnson suggested that earned benefits should be re-approved by Congress on an annual basis, and insisted that Social Security wa... Read more

Life Expectancy Fell during COVID Pandemic, Especially for Hispanic and Black Males

A study published Tuesday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) has found that life expectancy in the U.S. fell by 4.5 and 3.6 years for Hispanic and Black males, respectively, in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. White America... Read more

Using Covid Relief Funds to Rehire Retired Teachers Could Help Address Teacher Shortage

With school districts across the country facing steep teacher shortages — causing class sizes to swell and threatening to stagnate student achievement — some states are offering bonuses to prevent their most experienced teachers from retiring. One solution involves states ... Read more