I’d like to introduce myself…
My name is Bill Lickert, Jr. I have been appointed as the Retiree Representative for the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters and Employers Pension Fund.
We are all facing a difficult situation. Recognizing your family’s livelihood is at stake with proposed pension cuts, I will listen closely, share developments, and advocate in your best interest.
I was a member of the Teamsters for 28 years before I retired. I am currently receiving benefits from the Pension Fund. In May 2017, the Pension Fund’s Board of Trustees asked me to serve as the Retiree Representative, and after careful thought I agreed.
I receive no compensation for my service as the Pension Fund’s Retiree Representative. My service as Retiree Representative is entirely voluntary.
Why was I appointed Retiree Representative?
The Pension Fund’s Trustees decided to file an application with the United States Treasury Department under a law called the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA). MPRA is also known as the Kline-Miller Act. MPRA requires the Pension Fund’s Trustees to appoint a Retiree Representative because the Pension Fund has more than 10,000 participants. The only requirement to serving as Retiree Representative is being a participant in pay status in the Pension Fund.