Biden’s Build Back Better Agenda could benefit nursing homes

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss how the budget reconciliation bill may benefit nursing home workers and help mitigate the industry’s current labor shortage. Continue reading

How to legally pass your assets to your loved ones after you die

Dayna DePerro, an Associate Partner at Kelley & Ferraro, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss a somewhat uncomfortable yet crucial topic: What people should do to ensure their possessions and assets go to their loved ones after they pass away. Continue reading

Rollout of Butch Lewis Act will preserve and restore retiree pensions

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Vice President At-Large John Murphy joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the Butch Lewis Act, which preserves and restores the pensions of more than one million retirees and workers. Continue reading

Social Security recipients see biggest raise in nearly 40 years

As costs rise due to inflation, millions of Social Security recipients will get a 5.9 percent raise in benefits for 2022 — the highest cost of living adjustment in decades.

Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the raise and what it will mean for retired workers.

He also spoke about provisions in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that would allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and why the Democrats may amend the filibuster rule to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Act. Continue reading

Group Medicare plans help seniors save with better flexibility

For retirees shopping Medicare plans in the insurance space, coverage and flexibility significantly varies depending on whether you have an individual plan or group plan. Depending on the type of plan you have, you may need to research and switch plans annually to optimize coverage and have something that fits your needs.

Humana Associate Vice President of Group Medicare Eric St. Pierre joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the differences between individual and group Medicare plans and how to get the best coverage to meet your medical needs. Continue reading

Navigating the end of life: How to prepare

Preparing for the end of life can be a difficult task for anyone. Dividing up possessions and finances can be even more difficult.

Kelley and Ferraro Associate Attorney Joseph Stottner discussed how people should begin preparing for the end of their life, how to navigate the legal requirements and more. He also touched on the damage asbestos has done to those exposed on jobsites. Continue reading

Medicare made simple: Retirees have more options

Medicare is a complicated topic that is often pushed off until a person reaches a certain age or is contemplating retirement. There are multiple plans to choose from and companies craft various packages that seem to offer varying coverage, but have very vague definitions.

Humana Associate Vice President of Group Medicare Eric St. Pierre joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the solutions available to retirees, explaining how they invest in their clients and what Humana can do for retirees. Continue reading

Increase in retirement causes short and long term impact on the economy, Social Security

The COVID-19 pandemic threw plenty of curveballs at the economy and the American population. While many people lost their jobs, others willingly retired early.

Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta discussed the issues that may be created by mass amounts of early retirement. He also discussed Social Security, and how the pandemic will affect the economy long term and more. Continue reading

Federal law enforcement officers seek similar retirement as municipal officers

Law enforcement officers within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are facing issues that led them to seek union representation. These dedicated officers are now looking to get a retirement package they believe they deserve.

American Federation of Government Employees Local 1969 President Andrew Peterson joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast to shine a light on the issues faced by members of Local 1969. He also explained how the problems are being resolved. Continue reading