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‘So responsive’: A Pension Action Center success story

It took navigating a company merger, the sale of pension assets, and COVID work absences, but a volunteer counselor at UMass Boston’s Pension Action Center was able to track down and recover a client’s pension benefits. It has taken a… Continue Reading →

Dean David Cash announces retirement of Institute Director Len Fishman

I write to announce that Len Fishman, after serving seven years as director of the Gerontology Institute at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, will be retiring on August 31. A nationally recognized leader in health care… Continue Reading →

PAC Case Study: Pension Confusion Resolved, but Benefit Arrived Decades Too Late for Former Chicago Hospital Worker

Lillie McWilliams passed away at the age of 86 without getting a dime of her pension. McWilliams worked at a hospital in Chicago as a housekeeper in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her daughter, Carol Griffin, believes she never… Continue Reading →

PAC Case Study: Tracking Down Benefit When Employer Transforms Pension into Annuity

There was a reason why Marco couldn’t find the pension he had earned many years ago. It didn’t exist any longer. Many clients call the Pension Action Center because they can’t figure out who is responsible for paying them benefits… Continue Reading →

Students Jump in to Help Pension Action Center Manage Surge in Callers Seeking Help With Benefits

Can you wear out a phone? The Pension Action Center at UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute is always busy fielding calls from people seeking help to track down their pensions or investigate benefits they believe they are owed. But the pace… Continue Reading →

PAC Case Study: Defending Retiree After Pension Plan Sent Her $37,000 Bill for Error it Made Long Ago

The Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center is part of the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston. It provides free legal assistance to low- and moderate-income workers, retirees and their survivors in the six New England states and Illinois whose pension benefits have… Continue Reading →

Few Legal Options for Workers, Retirees When Church-Affiliated Hospital Pension Plans Fall Short

Bernice Benson spent 37 years working in the business office at St. Clare’s Hospital in upstate New York before retiring in 2008. The exit interview didn’t go well. Benson learned her defined benefit pension would not be “what she had… Continue Reading →

PAC Case Study: Timing of Pension Claim Helps Former Wife Collect Survivor Benefit

The Gerontology Institute’s Pension Action Center is part of the McCormack Graduate School at UMass Boston. It provides free legal assistance to low- and moderate-income workers, retirees and their survivors in the six New England states and Illinois whose pension benefits… Continue Reading →

Meet Anna-Marie Tabor: New Director of Pension Action Center at UMass Boston

Anna-Marie Tabor has been named the new director of the Pension Action Center at the McCormack Graduate School’s Gerontology Institute. Tabor, who joins UMass Boston from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has deep legal experience defending the rights of… Continue Reading →

PAC receives $1 Million Grant for New England Pension Counseling

A new $1 million grant will make it possible for the Pension Action Center at UMass Boston to continue providing free pension legal counseling to people across New England for the next five years. The grant was made by the… Continue Reading →

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