Policy Experts Discuss Pension Reform At Penn State Forum

(L to R): Gerri Madrid-Davis; Steve Herzenberg, Diane Oakley, Paul Whitehead

A Forum hosted by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department at Penn State University featured discussions by nationally recognized policy experts on Public Employee Pensions in Pennsylvania and the need for  policy makers to restore good pensions for all workers.

Paul Whitehead, Professor in the Labor Studies Department of Penn State moderated the program featuring: Diane Oakley, Executive Director of the National Institute on Retirement Security;  Stephen Herzenberg, Executive Director of the Keystone Research Center; and  Gerri Madrid-Davis, Director of Financial Security and Consumer Affairs of the AARP. The Forum, held on Wednesday evening March 13 attracted a large audience consisting of people of all ages ranging from university students to retirees.

Both President Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Snyder attended as did several other labor leaders and staff. The Forum’s co-sponsors were:  AARP, AFSCME Retiree Subchapter 8304, Keystone Research Center, National Public Pensions Coalition and the Pennsylvania Alliance for Retired Americans. Ms. Oakley also was a guest on WITF Radio Smart Talk program to discuss pensions and to answer listeners’ questions. The broadcast can be heard on WITF podcasts.