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Cromnibus Continues Attack on Pensions

12/15/2014 | LaborNotes

There are plenty of setbacks for working people, and benefits for the rich and corporations, in the $1.1 trillion appropriations bill just passed by Congress. But what it does to pension protections is appalling.

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4 Ways Congress Just Screwed Up Pensions

12/15/2014 | Huffington Post

When the Senate approved the omnibus spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down, it also delivered a blow to some retirees who collect pensions. In a little-discussed provision of the bill, certain multi-employer pension plans were given the go-ahead to reduce pension checks to current recipients by up to 60 percent. Didn't see that coming, did you?

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Congress gives final OK to bill allowing multiemployer pension plan benefit cuts

12/15/2014 | Business Insurance

Trustees of financially distressed multiemployer pension plans would be allowed to cut participants' benefits to prevent the plans from becoming insolvent under legislation given final congressional approval Saturday.

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Editorial: Middle-class retirees deserve better from Congress

12/15/2014 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The devastating pension reform crammed into the omnibus spending bill that will likely soon become law would allow pension trustees to slash the benefits of retired workers and cut future benefits for a shrinking pool of middle-income employees.

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Congress approves pension measure that could cut benefits for many retirees

12/14/2014 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Glenn Zichler worked 30 years driving a bread truck around St. Louis before retiring. Now, he may be facing a sharp cut in his $33,600 annual pension. A provision just approved by Congress would let troubled multi-employer pension plans cut benefits for current retirees.

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Pension Bill Seen as Model for Further Cuts

12/14/2014 | Wall Street Journal

Measure Permits Multiemployer Funds to Reduce Benefits, Which Could Open Door to Moves in Other Troubled Programs

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Your pension could go poof. Do you have a backup plan?

12/12/2014 | Washington Post

Two recent news events punctuate why we all should be concerned about our retirement readiness, even people who have been diligent financial stewards.

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House passes multiemployer pension reform

12/12/2014 | Pensions & Investments

The House approved late Thursday a package of reforms available to struggling multiemployer pension funds, as part of a congressional spending deal that the Senate must vote on by Saturday.

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House approves bill to allow multiemployer pension plan benefit cuts

12/12/2014 | Business Insurance

Trustees of financially distressed multiemployer pension plans would be allowed to cut participants' benefits to prevent the plans from becoming insolvent under legislation narrowly approved by the House of Representatives Thursday night.

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Pension Cuts in the 2015 Federal Spending Bill

12/12/2014 | Washington Journal (C-SPAN)

Karen Friedman of the Pension Rights Center talked about cuts to government-guaranteed pension plans that would affect benefit recipients. The cuts were outlined in the 2015 federal spending bill.

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