Growing talk of pension reform makes future more uncertain for workers

As a welfare counselor in Philadelphia, Karmella Sams, vice chair of SEIU Local 668–Chapter 12, sees the impact of retirement insecurity on elderly women every day. That’s why she’s very concerned about her own future as drastic pension reform proposals circulate in Pennsylvania.

In an op-ed for National Journal, she discusses how behind all the stories about pensions draining public resources are workers who may be impoverished if they are cut.

“What really gets me is that many of these initiatives are funded and pushed by very wealthy people and out-of-state organizations, Sams said. “These are people who don’t have to worry about retirement.
“I would love for those folks to have to spend a day walking in the shoes of the women I assist on my job. They should know what it’s like to make the tough choices of whether to pay for medicine or buy food. They should realize why I worry about retirement security for my children, who have fewer retirement options than I do.”

Read the entire op-ed here.

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