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Retirement-Related Web Sites

Union movement sites

The AFL-CIO at www.aflcio.org offers an excellent Web site with resources and action you can take to help preserve retirement security, including Social Security, pensions and health care. Check out the AFL-CIO blog.

The Alliance for Retired Americans is a nationwide organization of 3 million members, many of whom are union member retirees, working to make retirees' voices heard in the laws, policies, politics and institutions that shape our lives. The Alliance works in coalition with AFL-CIO-affiliated unions and community-based organizations to advocate for America's seniors at the national, state and local levels. Learn how you can get involved at www.RetiredAmericans.org.

Check your international and/or local union Web site for additional information on your union-negotiated benefits, including any available pensions and retiree health care. For a list of AFL-CIO-affiliated unions, click here.


You also may be interested in buying books about retirement financial planning. You can browse at the library, bookstore or visit Powell's Bookstore online here.

Online tools and calculators

Click here for Union Plus retirement tools and calculators.

Elder care


Confused by all the investment terminology? InvestorWords.com is a good place to find definitions.

Visit the Senior Job Bank to search jobs for workers over 50.

Helpguide.org is an online resource for seniors searching for information on mental/emotional health, aging well and elder care.

Senior Service America is a nonprofit organization that provides community service and employment opportunities for adults age 55 and older.

Fill in a "Ballpark Estimate" of how much you need to save for a comfortable retirement—provided by the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) at their "Choose to Save" Web site.

Visit Path to Investing to find practical information to become an educated investor.

Government Web sites

The Department of Labor's site explains pension and other employment-related issues. The Employee Health Benefits Security Administration, a department of DOL, provides regulatory information about pensions and health care plans.

Use the Social Security Administration's Web site if you have questions about Social Security benefits.

Medicare's site describes the federal health insurance program for people 65 years of age or older, certain younger people with disabilities and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.

MyMedicare.gov is Medicare's free, secure online service for accessing your Medicare information. As a registered user of My.Medicare.gov, you will have access to personalized information regarding your Medicare benefits and services.

USA.gov for seniors is a comprehensive Web site sponsored by the federal government that helps users access all government sites that provide services for senior citizens.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides access to a vast array of health and medical programs offered by its 13 agencies.

The U.S. DHHS Administration on Aging has a wide-ranging Web site with information designed for older Americans and their families as well as those concerned about providing opportunities and services to enrich the lives of older persons and support their independence. Directory of Services for Seniors, operated by the DHHS Administration on Aging, provides access to a wide range of services for seniors.

The Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) is an independent agency in the executive branch of the Federal Government. The RRB's primary function is to administer comprehensive retirement-survivor and unemployment-sickness benefit programs for the nation's railroad workers and their families, under the Railroad Retirement and Railroad Unemployment Insurance Acts.

Health care


Retirement lifestyle and relocating

Looking for the ideal retirement spot? Check out bestplaces.net and FindYourSpot.com.

You will find tax rates by state, great places to retire and more in the Retirement Living Information Center.

Savings Web sites

ChoosetoSave.org publishes the Ballpark Estimate worksheet and savings tips.

America Saves is a nationwide campaign in which a broad coalition of nonprofit, corporate and government groups helps individuals and families save and build wealth.

Union Plus Benefits - for union members and their families

Union Plus programs are brought to you by Union Privilege, established by the AFL-CIO to provide consumer benefits to members and retirees of participating AFL-CIO unions. Here are some Union Plus benefits:

NOTE: Union Plus/Union Privilege does *not* provide any pension benefits or health insurance to union members. These benefits typically are negotiated by your union.


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