Following the 9-11 attacks on New York City and our nation, Verizon union workers sprang into action leading the restoration of emergency and all other communications in lower Manhattan and throughout the city.

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The retirement road has been rocky in recent years, at best. Beyond problems for retirees from corporations, the overwhelming majority of state and municipal pension plans in the U.S. are underfunded, and lack sufficient funding for retirees earned health benefits. Corporations seeking to reduce expenses have been quick to cut the cord with retirees by eliminating and scaling down health benefits and de-risking—or selling off remaining pensions.

Retiree advocacy group ProtectSeniors.Org is asking who or what is next?

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Two new actions on Capitol Hill have stirred interest by congressional leaders in protecting America's seniors. In an aggressive legislative effort in Washington D.C., PrrotectSeniors.org pushed for the introduction of new retiree-friendly legislation. The Employee Benefits Protection Act (H.R.5523) and the Bankruptcy Fairness and Employee Benefits Protection Act (S.2418) would protect retirees' earned pension and healthcare benefits.

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What if your healthcare benefits were suddenly canceled after you had dedicated 20, 30 or even 40 years to a single company? This alarming question was posed to a cross-section of citizens by ProtectSeniors.org.




Happy Memories, Uncertain Futures, features retirees from the American telecommunications industry. 

This series was done by the Association of BellTel Retirees.  The series features 25 videos.  
Please see chapter 1 below. The entire video series can be seen on Youtube.

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ProtectSeniors.org advocates for the protection of pensions and earned health care benefits and gives retirees a powerful platform for their voices to be seen, heard and recognized.

ProtectSeniors.Org is open to new members who want a brighter spotlight or way to amplify their concerns about retiree economic protections in America.


Accomplishments of the group include:
    - Increased minimum insurance protections for de-risked retirees from              $100,000 to $250,000 in Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Arizona,              Mississippi, Indiana and Alaska
    - Achieved passage of a law in Connecticut protecting de-risked retiree          pension-annuities
    - Introduced legislation in New York to protect retirees whose pensions are       de-risked

Watch the video and learn more by contacting ProtectSeniors.Org at 1-800-398-3044 or info@protectseniors.org


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In Chapter 3 of the "Faces of Verizon Retirees," a BellTel Retiree member reminisces about joining MA Bell and how the thinking was then, that the Company will "take care of its people." Unfortunately, he's now facing an uncertain future with his pension and healthcare.


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The latest corporate trend called "De-Risking" is risky for retirees. Many major corporations have begun to pursue "De-Risking" strategies and retirees are the victims, having their pension assets sold off without their consent.

In "De-Risking Is Risky for Millions of American Retirees," Edward Stone, Special Legal Counsel, and Jack Cohen, a leading national retiree advocate, come together to explain the nuances of "De-Risking" and the dangerous impact it could have.

Mr. Stone is an expert in annuity, legal and valuation issues and Mr. Cohen has testified before the U.S. Department of Labor ERISA Advisor Council on pension "De-Risking."

De-Risking

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Random people were asked what they would do if their healthcare benefits were cancelled. 


on Healthcare chopping block

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Deepak Chopra speaks about his revolutionary new anti-aging and wellness program Timeless You. The 6-course, online program is designed to make you feel younger, redefine your age, take care of your body, eliminate stress, and find fulfillment in every day. 

Timeless You with Deepak Chopra


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