State of Mississippi Archives: on Social Security


Vicki Slater: Fight to keep 100% full pensions for retirees

Vicki Slater, Democratic candidate for governor, walked the picket line outside Ocean Springs Hospital and encouraged retirees to keep fighting for their pensions. "You're in the right," she told a crowd of 35. "I applaud your bravery." She said they deserve to know why their pensions are not intact.

The group, undaunted by heat, held signs that said "Fund our pension 100 percent" and "It's time for criminal charges." Slater said she could relate to the loss of a promised pension plan. She said her husband worked for General Motors Co. for 28 years and when he left after a layoff, his pension was reduced by more than 75%. "You do your planning, you live life and follow the rules," she said. "Then you get up one day and your pension's not there. It's not your fault."

"We've been working hard," said one picketing retiree to Slater, "and we needed a little bit of hope. You gave it to us."

"Just her being here speaks volumes," another retiree said. "Any exposure we can get is nice."

Source: Sun-Herald coverage of 2015 Mississippi gubernatorial race Jun 23, 2015

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