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Frank Bryant

Hired in 1972 as a UPS truck driver, Frank Bryant quickly became an activist when he joined the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In 1976, he helped lead the union's first strike over pensions, pay for part-time workers, and two-tier wage issues. The three-month strike had an immeasurable impact on Frank's life because it showed him the power of workers can have when they unite with a common goal.

In 1979, Frank became a member of Teamsters for a Democratic Union where he continued his work as a worker's rights activist. Later, Frank and fellow TDU member Tommy Burke joined to create the Central States Pension Improvement Committee, which works against pension freezes and any reduction in retiree benefits for Teamsters. Together, Frank and Tommy began effecting small, but significant changes in the Central States Pension Fund while also lobbying Congress to protect the rights of Teamsters in legislation.

In 2006, Frank and other members of the Central States Pension Improvement Committee made two visits to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress to eliminate the red zone cutback provisions in the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Although they were initially able to convince the Senate to drop the cutback provisions, the provisions were included in final legislation.

Frank is outraged by the red zone cutback provisions, and he and his fellow activists are committed to eliminating them. Currently, their efforts are focused on a provision in a bill introduced by Senator Tom Harkin that would protect a small group of future retirees from the devastating impact of the cutbacks. Frank and Tommy are also working to organize workers to oppose efforts by UPS to withdraw from the Central States pension plan.

Frank is a committed advocate for causes he believes in and intends to "devote a good measure" of his retirement years to the cause of pension justice.

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