Wednesday, October 07, 2015

400,000 Midwestern Teamster retirees face pension cuts

Here's another black eye for the labor movement, which touts pensions as one of the major benefits of being a union member.

There are eight members of the Central States Pension Fund--four of them are Teamster big shots.

From CNBC:
A prominent Teamsters pension fund, one of the largest, has filed for reorganization under a new federal law and has sent letters to more than 400,000 members warning that their benefits must be cut.

Any reorganization of the decades-old Central States Pension Fund would take months and would probably be a brutal battle as workers, retirees, union leaders and employers all seek to protect competing interests. It is a multiemployer plan, the type led jointly by a union and a number of companies, that has caused consternation for many years, because if it failed, it could wipe out a federal insurance program that now pays the benefits of a million retirees.

If the reorganization ultimately proves successful, however, it could serve as a model for other retirement plans with similar, seemingly intractable financial problems.A prominent Teamsters pension fund, one of the largest, has filed for reorganization under a new federal law and has sent letters to more than 400,000 members warning that their benefits must be cut.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The entire post is repeated after the phrase "seemingly intractable financial problems."

John Ruberry said...

Thanks for catching that!