The Alliance for Retired Americans (ARA) recently held a two-day policy summit in Washington, DC about the dwindling state of working-class pensions. Speakers included labor leaders, retirement specialists and middle-class activists. Robert Roach, Jr., President of the ARA, shared his frustration at Congress’ inability to protect pensions in public and private sectors. Richard Fiesta, Executive Director of the ARA, talked in depth about the dangerous state of the American retirement system. But Neil Gladstein, the IAM’s Director of Strategic Resources, encouraged workers to fight back by using labor solidarity to their advantage. He says union members can build powerful coalitions by educating and rallying worker rank and file, political allies, community activists and local families.