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Topic: 401(k)

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March 3, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Retirement: 401(k)s a failure

Rep. Larry Springer’s and Terry Gardiner’s guest column in The Seattle Times about the STaRT retirement plan says it all [“How to help small-business workers with a retirement plan,” Opinion, Feb. 26]. We need a supplementary retirement system along with Social Security to prevent poverty in retirement years. All 401(k) plans are a total…

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January 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM

State pensions: The danger of switching to 401(k)s; GOP should move

Switching to 401(k)s would not save state money

To emulate Boeing in its employment practices is hardly a desirable goal [“Bill would phase out pensions for public employees in state,” Local News, Jan. 12]. Does the state really want to support employment practices that harm the middle class?

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January 3, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Boeing 777X contract vote: 401(k)s too dangerous

I was less than blown away by Rob McKenna giving a union advice [“Machinists: A yes vote is pro-union,” Opinion, Jan. 2].

Anyone who doesn’t need a pension, or out of jealousy needs one but knows that he or she won’t get one, feels pretty easy in giving away other people’s benefits. Maybe that is the reality of today, but that doesn’t make it the best course. Without pensions, people get into serious trouble after age or disability forces them out of the workforce. Some have family to rely on, others do not. And the GOP is hot to eliminate programs for the poor.

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0 Comments | More in Boeing | Topics: 401(k), 777X