Welcome to the latest edition of This Week in Pensions! This is the news you need to know in the fight for a secure retirement. We have gathered the top stories about pensions and retirement security from the previous week.

Could Pension Make a Comeback for Public Workers in Florida?

As the Florida Legislature reconvenes in Tallahassee, a notable proposal is on the table: restoring defined benefit pension options for public workers and enhancing pensions for retirees. This development comes after years of efforts to reform the pension system, with the latest bipartisan initiatives aiming to improve the financial well-being of public employees.

Key Proposals on the Horizon:

Rejoining the Traditional Pension Plan: A significant bipartisan proposal would allow workers who had previously opted out of the traditional pension plan in favor of a 401(k)-style retirement option to switch back. This move could benefit more than 3,000 current workers, providing them with the option for a stable “defined benefit” plan.

Restoring Annual Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA): Another proposal seeks to reinstate a 3% annual COLA, benefiting approximately 151,000 retired state, county, and municipal workers. This adjustment would address the financial stability of many retirees who have faced stagnant pension amounts due to changes made in 2011.

The ongoing discussions and proposals surrounding state pensions for public workers in Florida reflect a broader commitment to ensuring economic security and fairness for public workers and retirees. As the legislative session progresses, NPPC will closely monitor developments, recognizing the significance of these reforms for the state’s workforce and pension landscape.

Ford Mechanics Strike Highlights Retirement Security Concerns in the Private Sector

The ongoing strike by 24 mechanics at Valley Ford Truck underscores growing concerns about retirement security in the private sector. The issue? The company’s decision to move away from a traditional pension plan to a 401(k) savings plan–leaving workers vulnerable to market volatility.

Joined by a coalition of supporters from various unions, including the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Teamsters, the striking mechanics are advocating for stable retirement benefits. The company’s proposal to terminate the 401(k) plan further exacerbates tensions, raising questions about the future of retirement benefits for employees.

This strike reflects a broader trend of employees across industries pushing for traditional pensions over volatile savings plans. As the debate intensifies, NPPC will closely monitor developments.Be sure to check back next Friday for the latest in the fight for a secure retirement! For now, sign up for NPPC News Clips to receive daily pension news from across the country directly to your inbox.