MPRA Filing Update:
On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, the United States Treasury Department confirmed receipt of an application filed by the Pension Fund’s Board of Trustees for approval of pension cuts under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA).
For preliminary details regarding the application, please see our FAQs. I haven’t formed an opinion regarding the application yet, given that it was a voluminous filing and it has been available to me for less than a week.
I intend to give the application careful review and provide my opinion to you and the Treasury Department after November 30, 2018.
My name is Bill Lickert and I have been appointed the Retiree Representative of the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters & Employers Pension Fund. In an attempt to avoid the Pension Fund from becoming insolvent, the Pension Fund’s Trustees have decided to initiate a process that could reduce the benefits of most retirees currently receiving a pension from the Pension Fund. The law that governs this process is called the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014. For more information visit our About page.
In April, I held six town hall meetings across Western Pennsylvania to reach out to all of you to explain these developments in person and to answer your questions to the best of my ability. Following these meetings, we relayed the concerns you voiced to the Board of Trustees. I also expanded our letter writing campaign to help you communicate your pension security concerns to the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans or JSCSMPP.
In July, I coordinated three bus loads of Retirees and Teamsters from Western PA to attend a nationally organized rally to save our pensions in Columbus, Ohio.
Please review the content on this website, particularly the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, which contains information about where the pension cut process stands currently. Don’t forget to check back periodically as that content will be updated as I become aware of developments that are worth sharing with you. And if you have questions, please check out the “Contact” page for information on how to get your question to me.
In solidarity, Bill Lickert.
Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans & Butch Lewis Act Update
The “Butch Lewis Act of 2017”, is a bill that was introduced in Congress on November 16, 2017 by Senator Sherrod Brown (Democrat-Ohio) and Representative Richard Neal (Democrat-Massachusetts). To learn more about this and more pertinent information, please visit the FAQs page.
I recently expanded our letter writing campaign and we encourage you to get involved. As outlined at our town hall meetings, you can make your voice heard by sending letters to any or all of the members of the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans or JSCSMPP. You can also contact your U.S. Congressmen and/or U.S. Senators. I’ve provided letter examples to help you bring awareness to our cause and I encourage you to add your personal viewpoint.
Please send me copies of your letters by email or regular mail if you can. If you want to take action but you don’t know how to get started, please contact me.