MPRA Filing Update:
It has been my privilege to serve as the Retiree Representative of the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters & Employers Pension Fund for the past several years. For those of you who have been following our journey to keep the Pension Fund from becoming insolvent, I sincerely appreciate your support and patience. I have done my best to keep you informed about the process and the impact of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014. During my tenure, there were also many developments on the national stage, including The Butch Lewis Act, the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans (JSCSMPP), & the Brown-Neal Proposal.
On an ongoing basis, I talked to many of you by phone, in person, via fax and at Teamsters scheduled meetings, communicating your concerns to the Board of Trustees. There were many opportunities to ask questions, learn more, and get involved. Together, we mounted a coordinated letter writing campaign to help you communicate your pension security concerns to your local and state representatives, as well as the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans or JSCSMPP. During my tenure, 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. I also coordinated three busloads of Retirees and Teamsters from Western PA to attend a nationally organized rally to save our pensions in Columbus, Ohio.
With the latest news from the U.S. Department of Treasury that the MPRA application filed by the Pension Fund’s Trustees has received final approval — and with pension cuts scheduled to go into effect August 1, 2019, my term as your retiree representative has been fulfilled.
This website will continue to be available on a short-term basis as a reference in case you need to check any facts or validate answers to your questions. Please contact the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters & Employers Pension Fund directly with any other concerns.
This will be my final note as I have permanently closed my office door for the last time. It has been an honor to serve all of you in this role, and I wish you and your families the very best in the future.
In solidarity, Bill Lickert.
In The Press
The Pittsburgh Post Gazette recently published an article that provides some insight to the struggles we face due to the proposed pension cuts under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA).
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.