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Pension plans that have applied to cut benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act

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The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA) gives the trustees of certain underfunded multiemployer plans that meet the definition of being in “critical and

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Resources for Central States Pension Fund Retirees

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This page is intended to serve as a resource hub for retirees who are subject to cuts as a result of the Central States Pension Fund’s application to the U.S. Department of the Treasury to reduce retiree benefits. This page will be updated on an ongoing basis.

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What is Recoupment?

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Updated: July 2015


I received a letter from my pension plan stating that it has been overpaying me. The letter says that the plan is going to reduce my monthly payments and that I will also have to pay an additional amount to the plan. What can I do?

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Companies That Have Changed Their Defined Benefit Pension Plans

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Below is a list of employers that have announced significant changes to their defined benefit pension plans since December 2005. Changes include plan terminations, plan freezes for new and/or current employees, and changes to the formula by which pension benefits are calculated.

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Companies that have transferred pensions to insurance companies

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Below is a list of employers that have transferred their pension obligations for certain retirees and former employees to insurance companies by purchasing annuities.

(Note: this is not a comprehensive list. These are only the changes that we are aware of, based on corporate press releases, news reports, and other sources.)

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Companies that are offering lump-sum pension buyouts

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Note: This list is updated on an ongoing basis.

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What happens when a pension is transferred to an insurance company?

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In 2012, General Motors and Verizon entered into arrangements with Prudential Insurance Company to pay the pensions of certain groups of their salaried retirees.

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Should you take your pension as a lump sum?

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Updated: August 2015

Some companies have offered to cash out the pensions of certain retirees and former employees and instead give them a one-time lump-sum payment.

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Multiemployer pension plans projected to be in "critical and declining" status

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The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 allows the trustees of certain multiemployer pension plans to reduce pensions, including the benefits of retirees.

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Why the Keep Our Pension Promises Act Must Be Passed

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Updated: September 9, 2015

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