I’d like to introduce myself…

My name is Bill Lickert, Jr. I was 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.

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.

That same law requires the Pension Fund Trustees to appoint a Retiree Representative, and I have been selected for that job. I am responsible for listening to your concerns and advocating on your behalf. Like many of you, I am receiving a pension from the Pension Fund and am concerned about what happens if my pension is cut. I pledge that I will listen to you, share developments as the process unfolds, and advocate on your behalf. We are in this together and can accomplish more standing united.

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 received no compensation for my service as the Pension Fund’s Retiree Representative.  My service as Retiree Representative was entirely voluntary.  I was released from my duties as Retiree Representative effective July 5th, 2019.


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.