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House delay leaves pension reform in question

12/10/2014 | BenefitsPro

An amendment to let troubled multiemployer pension plans cut retiree benefits initially moved forward in Congress on Thursday but faced an uncertain future after the House recessed mid-afternoon without taking a vote on a massive spending plan.

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That awful congressional plan to allow pension cuts heads for enactment

12/09/2014 | Los Angeles Times

The congressional proposal to deal with a supposed crisis in worker pensions by allowing trustees to slash the benefits of already retired workers to shreds is heading toward enactment.

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Labor Unions Accuse Congress of Sneak Attack on Pensions in Lame Duck

12/09/2014 | National Journal

As lawmakers pressed Monday to finalize the legislative language of a must-pass omnibus spending bill, labor unions and retiree groups were mobilizing to defeat what they are characterizing as a lame-duck sneak attack on the pensions of some already-retired workers.

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Financial planning issues wrapped into government spending bill?

12/08/2014 | Investment News

Members of Congress are considering adding provisions to the government spending bill that would impact at least two crucial issues for financial advisers: the DOL's action on fiduciary duty and the right of pensions to cut benefits.

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Bill could slash pensions across America

12/05/2014 | WOIO/19 Action News (Cleveland, OH)

A new bill that could be passed before Congress leaves for winter break has a lot of retirees upset. Donna and Daniel McAuliffe are heading into a nightmare next week, as Congress could pass a bill that opponents say will slash some retiree's pensions by 65 percent. This scares the Brunswick couple.

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The lame-duck Congress plots to undermine retiree pensions

12/05/2014 | Los Angeles Times

Passing legislation on a tight deadline--especially a bogus deadline--is invariably a formula for serious mischief. That's what's happening with a proposal to deal with a supposed crisis in worker pensions by allowing trustees to slash the pensions of already-retired workers to shreds.

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Congress could soon allow pension plans to cut benefits for current retirees

12/04/2014 | Washington Post

Congress could soon allow the benefits of current retirees to be cut as part of an agreement to address the fiscal distress confronting some of the nation’s 1,400 multi-employer pension plans. Several unions and pension advocates opposing the move, which would be unprecedented...

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Providence lawsuit raises questions about Catholic health providers' church pension plans

12/04/2014 | Puget Sound Business Journal

Employees of Providence Health & Services, the state's largest health care provider, are suing the Catholic health system in federal court alleging it is using a religious tax exemption to skirt federal pension law.

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Congress could cut pensions in ailing plans

12/04/2014 | BenefitsPro

A proposal in Congress that could lead to cuts in pension benefits for retirees in financially troubled multiemployer plans drew fire Thursday from worker advocates and unions.

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Lame-Duck Congress Nears Last-Minute Vote On Sweeping Pension Reform

12/03/2014 | In These Times

Congress is nearing a vote on arguably the biggest change to private pension law in decades. The proposed reforms would grant sweeping new authority to the trustees of some “deeply troubled” multi-employer pension plans to slash benefits promised to current retirees—something that’s illegal under existing law.

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