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  • Is Retirement Security Attainable for Americans?

    Americans are woefully unprepared for retirement.  It’s not a fact that’s comfortable to face, but the truth is evident. As we continue to observe National Retirement Security Month, today we’ll explore the stark reality of retirement insecurity for countless hard-working…

  • How to Advocate for Retirement Security this National Retirement Security Month and Beyond

    For many, October heralds the onset of the fall season, a time of crisp air and changing leaves. However, for NPPC, this month carries a deeper significance. October is a moment to both celebrate retirement security’s accomplishments and recognize the…

  • NPPC’s 16th Anniversary: Celebrating Successes and Overcoming Obstacles

    This month, as the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC) commemorates its 16th year, we find ourselves at an important milestone in our ongoing journey to champion the retirement security of working families. Over the past decade and a half, we…

  • Hidden Agendas: Is Secure Illinois Retirements a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing?
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    We have all heard the story forewarning us of the metaphorical wolf in sheep’s clothing. The parable reminds us that true character is revealed through actions, not words. In the fight to protect pensions, staying alert to threats against the…

  • Fortifying the Golden Years: The Three-legged Stool of Retirement Security

    Retirement security concerns individuals across all sectors, but it holds particular significance for public employees. As they dedicate their careers to serving their communities, ensuring government workers’ financial well-being during retirement is vital to attract talented workers to public service.…

  • NPPC’s State Legislative Update
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    State legislative sessions are now complete or are winding down. NPPC and our state coalitions have worked tirelessly this year to protect and better the pension benefits provided to public employees. From Alaska to Connecticut and all across the country,…

  • The Growing Crisis: Public Worker Shortages and the Threat to Workplace Safety
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    In recent years, the safety of public employees in the workplace has become a pressing concern. From the increase in mass violence to the challenges posed by political unrest and the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, state and local employees,…

  • Unmasking the Puppeteers: How Anti-Pension Billionaires Pull the Strings

    Since its founding, we at the National Public Pension Coalition (NPPC) have worked in states nationwide to defend and better the retirement benefits of hard-working public employees. Far too often, our state coalitions, and our organization nationally, encounter mysterious, billionaire-backed,…

  • Major League Baseball’s Pension Plan is a Homerun
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    There are few things more American than apple pie, Coca-Cola, and baseball–but while the crack of a bat in the ballpark is a sure harbinger of springtime, it’s also the sound of retirement security. That’s right! We talk a lot…

  • To All Public Workers, Thank You!

    Public Service Recognition Week—observed the first week of May– is an opportunity to honor the hard work and dedication of the people who serve our country in various roles in the public sector. We celebrate the contributions of our civil…

  • A World Without Pensions Would Eventually Be A World Without Public Employees

    Picture this—classrooms full of children ready to learn but few educators there to teach. Patients in critical need of care but few nurses to tend to them, or a loved one in a dangerous situation, but emergency services are too…