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Resources for Central States Pension Fund Retirees

Date Published: 
Monday, November 2, 2015
Source/Author: 
Pension Rights Center

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.

Central States Pension Fund Rescue Fund website

Sample letters to check CSPF benefit calculations

Many retirees have contacted us with questions about how the Central States Pension Fund determined the amounts by which retiree pension benefits would be reduced. To address these concerns, the Pension Rights Center has developed letter templates retirees can send to the Central States Pension Fund to request a detailed explanation of how benefit reductions were determined. The letters below are for retirees with specific situations. Please make sure to use the correct letter when writing to the Central States Pension Fund.


Note:
  • If you are a retiree whose benefit has been further reduced because of a divorce court order, select the letter that fits your situation and add a request for an explanation for the additional reduction and request a copy of the divorce court order.
  • If you are a widow or widower, select the letter that fits your deceased spouse’s situation and add a request for an explanation of how your survivor benefit was calculated.

 

The Central States Pension Fund Application for MPRA Benefit Suspension

Comments on CSPF application to reduce benefits

Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014

Regulations

Pending legislation

People to contact

  • Susan Mauren, Retiree Representative to the Central States Pension Fund

    Susan Mauren
    P.O. Box 15670, 
    Minneapolis, MN 55402
    Email: CentralStatesRetireeRep@losgs.com
    Call Center: 1-855-465-6747. The hours of the Call Center are 9 AM to 2PM Eastern, Monday through Saturday. The call center is solely for Central States participants.
  • Kenneth Feinberg has been appointed by the Treasury Department as the Special Master to oversee the implementation of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014. Contact him to let him know of any concerns you may have about the law. Read a blog post by Kenneth Feinberg.

    Kenneth R. Feinberg
    Special Master
    United States Department of the Treasury
    Office of Benefits Tax Counsel
    1500 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Room 1224
    Washington, DC 20220
    Phone number: (202) 622-1534
    E-mail: mprainfo@treasury.gov

Upcoming events

  • Retiree rally: On April 14, 2016 retirees from around the country held a rally in Washington, D.C.. Read our blog entry about the rally
  • Weekly conference calls: The U.S. Department of the Treasury held weekly conference calls every Monday to provide additional opportunities for plan participants to provide feedback on the Central States Pension Fund application.
  • Public sessions: The U.S. Department of the Treasury held public sessions in regions that would be most impacted by any benefit reductions permitted by the Central States Pension Fund. 
    • There are no upcoming public sessions.
    • Public sessions were held in the following locations:
      • Kansas City, Missouri (February 16, 2016)
      • Minneapolis, Minnesota (February 9, 2016) 
      • Detroit, Michigan (February 8, 2016)
      • Indianapolis, Indiana (January 21, 2016)
      • Peoria, Illinois (January 14, 2016)
      • Greensboro, North Carolina (January 11, 2016)
      • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (December 9, 2015)
      • Columbus, Ohio (December 8, 2015)

Retiree groups

  • Retirees who are in the Central States Pension Fund have created Facebook pages to communicate with each other to share strategy and keep informed about potential MPRA cuts. Find retiree groups here: http://www.mycspensionhandsoff.com/.

Economic impact statements

The Central States Pension Fund prepared economic impact statements showing the value of the pension income it provides to beneficiaries and the communities in which they live. Working with retirees, the Center has obtained these statements for all 50 states and the District of Columbia and posted them here.

As these impact statements demonstrate, pensions from the Central States Pension Fund are of critical importance not only to retirees and their families, but to the communities where they live and spend their money. If the Fund cuts benefits, as it proposes to do, the effects on small businesses, on property values, on state and local taxes, and on governmental services, will be devastating.  

Click the name of each state to below to read its economic impact statement. 

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania|  Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming 

Pension Rights Center fact sheets

Pension Rights Center story bank

Calculate your benefits

  • Use the Pension Rights Center calculator to determine how much your pension benefit could be cut as a result of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.

Pension Rights Center statements on retiree cutbacks

Media

 

 

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