Government pensions and social security

High-speed trains park at the Gare Montparnasse train station, Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 in Paris. Frustrated travelers are meeting transportation chaos around France for a second day, as unions dig in for what they hope is a protracted strike against government plans to redesign the national retirement system. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
Associated Press
December 07, 2019 - 8:00 am
PARIS (AP) — Strikes disrupted weekend travel around France on Saturday as truckers blocked highways and most trains remained at a standstill because of worker anger at President Emmanuel Macron's policies. Meanwhile, yellow vest protesters held their weekly demonstrations over economic injustice...
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Nurse technician Alejandra Reyes, center, protests against Chile's President Sebastian Pinera’s government during march in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. “I have protested all of my life, since we started working in hospitals. Hospitals always get the crumbs.” Reyes said. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)
October 29, 2019 - 11:07 pm
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Once the fuse was lit, the anger couldn't be contained. The spark that ignited protests in Chile was a rise in subway fares, but 12 days later the government has failed to contain the unrest and analysts agree the Chilean upheaval is about far more than a fare hike. Some...
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FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2007, file photo Robert Murray, founder and chairman of Cleveland-based Murray Energy Corp., arrives at a news conference at the entrance to the Crandall Canyon Mine, in northwest of Huntington, Utah. Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019. Former CEO Robert Murray said the move was necessary to access liquidity and best position the company for long-term success. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Associated Press
October 29, 2019 - 2:42 pm
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company is seeking bankruptcy protection, despite a flurry of regulatory breaks that its CEO pushed for — and received — from the Trump administration. Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday, joining a...
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General Motors employees picket outside the Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kan. during the nationwide UAW strike against GM, Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Associated Press
October 14, 2019 - 3:46 pm
DETROIT (AP) — With the strike by factory workers against General Motors in its 29th day, there are signs that negotiators may be moving toward an agreement. After both sides exchanged barbs late last week, bargainers met late into the night during the weekend, and they've returned in the morning,...
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In this Oct. 9, 2019, photo, Joe Schiavone, 81, is seen in his home in West Melbourne, Fla. Schiavone will get a modest cost-of-living increase from Social Security for 2020,a political year in which many Democrats are calling for a boost in basic benefits and a more generous formula to compute annual inflation adjustments. (AP Photo/Mike Brown)
October 10, 2019 - 8:48 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of retirees will get a modest 1.6% cost-of-living increase from Social Security in 2020, an uptick with potential political consequences in an election year when Democrats are pushing more generous inflation protection. The increase amounts to $24 a month for the average...
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FILE - In this May 18, 2017, file photo, a robotic arm with a high-intensity blowtorch is remotely operated to test ceramic matrix composites, which make engines more durable, heat-resistant and efficient, at the General Electric Aviation plant in Evendale, Ohio. General Electric Co. said Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, that it will freeze its pension plan for about 20,700 salaried workers as part of its debt-cutting plan. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
October 07, 2019 - 11:20 am
NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric is freezing the pension plans of about 20,000 of its workers and offering pension buyouts to 100,000 former employees as it attempts to slash debt. The industrial conglomerate has been selling off assets and streamlining its operations amid sagging profits and other...
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Police officers demonstrate to denounce bad working conditions, lack of equipment and dilapidated police stations, in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Police unions point out overwork due to the Yellow Vests anti-government protests and say officers are exposed to excessive violence. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
October 02, 2019 - 11:57 am
PARIS (AP) — Thousands of police officers marched through the streets of Paris on Wednesday to protest low wages, long hours and increasing suicides in their ranks. The so-called "anger march" was the first mass mobilization by French police officers since 2001. Police unions cited inadequate...
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FILE - In this Sept.16, 2019 file photo, a lawyer hold a effigy with a scull representing a dead lawyer marches during a protest against the planned pension reforms in Paris. French President Emmanuel Macron may face the greatest challenge of his term with the planned overhaul of the retirement system, which has already prompted strikes and protests. Placard reads, Macron is killing me". (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
September 26, 2019 - 8:16 am
PARIS (AP) — The fate of Emmanuel Macron's presidency of France may lie in the fate of his planned overhaul of the retirement system, which has already prompted strikes and protests. Knowing that it's not going to be the easiest of sells following the yellow vest movement that brought France to a...
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People attend a march over the pension reform, in Paris, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019. Unions marches in Paris and other cities over the pension reform, which they fear will require people to work longer and reduce pensions. France's current retirement age is 62. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
September 24, 2019 - 11:28 am
PARIS (AP) — Trains were disrupted and dozens of demonstrations were held across France on Tuesday as unions called a strike over President Emmanuel Macron's proposed overhaul of the country's retirement system. Workers for the SNCF national railway are angry because the changes could take away...
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A woman gestures as she speaks with riot police officers during a yellow vests demonstration, in Paris, Saturday, Sept 21. 2019. Paris police have used tear gas to disperse anti-government demonstrators who try to revive the yellow vest movement in protest at perceived economic injustice and French President Emmanuel Macron's government. The French capital was placed under high security as few hundred anti-government protesters started marching in the Paris streets. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
September 21, 2019 - 1:17 pm
PARIS (AP) — Clusters of anti-government activists in Paris repeatedly scuffled with police who responded with tear gas Saturday as supporters of France's yellow vest protests tried to revive the movement opposed to President Emmanuel Macron's economic policies. In the morning, officers dispersed...
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