Government pensions and social security

In this Oct. 9, 2019 photo, Joe Schiavone, 81, stands in his workshop 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 - 11:42 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 - 2:45 pm
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 reduce its mountain of debt. The industrial conglomerate has been selling off assets and streamlining its operations amid sagging...
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In this Sept. 30, 2019, photo, a signboard says "Consumption tax hike, 8 percent to 10 percent", at a mass home electronics retailer in Tokyo. Japan has raised consumption tax to 10 percent from 8 percent, amid concerns that it could sink the Japanese economy though government officials say ample measures are taken to minimize the impact. (Shinji Kita/Kyodo News via AP)
October 01, 2019 - 4:14 am
TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country's future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population. Previous tax increases, a 2-point increase to 5% in 1997 and another to 8% in 2014,...
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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 - 5:37 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 - 10:04 am
PARIS (AP) — A protest march on climate change brought thousands of people to the streets of Paris, including some agitators who scuffled with police and drew tear gas in response Saturday. Peaceful participants marched in the south of Paris to demand urgent action from the government and...
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September 20, 2019 - 4:34 am
PARIS (AP) — Paris is deploying thousands of police to protect landmarks and government buildings as yellow vest groups, unions and environmental activists plan a multitude of weekend protests. Yellow vest organizer Thierry-Paul Valette told The Associated Press Friday that demonstrators hope their...
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September 16, 2019 - 7:34 am
PARIS (AP) — French lawyers, doctors, nurses, pilots and others are taking to the streets of Paris to protest planned pension changes by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Monday's demonstration gathers people working in the private sector with professions regulated by the state, who...
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People stand by a closed metro station Friday Sept.13, 2019 in Paris. A massive strike is paralyzing Paris public transports on Friday as unions protest a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Paris public transport company RATP says 10 metro lines are closed and several others, including the RER suburban rail, are severely disrupted. (AP Photo/Bertrand Combaldieu)
September 13, 2019 - 4:54 am
PARIS (AP) — A massive strike paralyzed Paris public transports on Friday as unions protested a sweeping pension reform by French President Emmanuel Macron's government. Paris public transport company RATP said 10 metro lines were closed and several others, including the RER suburban rail, were...
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Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Darnford Farm in Banchory near Aberdeen, Scotland, Friday Sept. 6, 2019, to coincide with the publication of Lord Bew's review and an announcement of extra funding for Scottish farmers. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
September 07, 2019 - 5:23 pm
LONDON (AP) — Embattled British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a new blow Saturday when a Cabinet minister resigned, saying she did not believe Johnson was sincere about getting a Brexit deal with the European Union. Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said in a letter to the prime...
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