Resources for Central States Pension Fund Retirees
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
- http://www.cspensionrescue.com: This website is produced by the Central States Pension Fund and includes information it has posted about the proposed benefit cuts.
- Summary of proposed cuts
- Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]
- Frequently Asked Questions #2 (posted on November 10, 2015) [PDF]
- Fequently Asked Questions #3 (posted on December 17, 2015) [PDF]
- List of “orphan” companies: This is a list of companies that left the Central States Fund without paying full “withdrawal liability.”
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.
- Basic template letter for ALL Central States Pension Fund retirees
- Template letter for retirees whose employers have either paid full withdrawal liability or are still contributing to the Central States Pension Fund
- Template letter for retirees for whom none of their former employers are contributing to the Central States Pension Fund or whose employers did not pay full withdrawal liability
- Template letter for retirees whose service under the Central States Pension Fund was for employers who are no longer contributing to the fund or if some of your service was for employers who left the Fund without paying full withdrawal liability.
- 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
- Full application
- Details of proposed benefit suspensions
- Factors demonstrating that benefit suspensions are distributed equitably
- Measures taken to avoid insolvency
- Proposed ballot
- Excerpts from Central States 2013 Form 5500, Annual Financial Report
- The Treasury Department has requested that individuals affected by the announcement of CSPF retiree benefit cuts submit public comment.
- Important points to make in comments submitted to the Treasury Department
- View the comments that have been submitted to the Treasury Department regarding the CSPF application to reduce benefits
- Comments submitted by CSPF Retiree Representative, Susan Mauren
- Comments submitted by the Pension Rights Center
- Responsive comments submitted by the Central States Pension Fund
- Comments submitted by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters in response to the Central States Pension Fund's responsive comments
- Comments submitted by the Pension Rights Center in response to the Central States Pension Fund's responsive comments
- 1982 Department of Labor Consent Decree relating to Central States Pension Fund
- The Role of the Department of Labor and the Central States Pension Fund
Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014
- Text of the “suspension of benefits” provisions of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014
- Pension Rights Center summary of the MPRA pension cutback provisions
- Treasury Department’s proposed regulation on suspension of benefits under MPRA
- Treasury Department’s temporary regulation on the suspension of benefits under MPRA
- Keep Our Pension Promises Act of 2015 (S. 1631 and H.R. 2844)
- Pension Accountability Act of 2015 (S. 2147 and H.R. 4029)
People to contact
- Susan Mauren, Retiree Representative to the Central States Pension Fund
P.O. Box 15670,
Minneapolis, MN 55402
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.
- View a list of communications Susan Mauren has made on behalf of Central States retirees.
- 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
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
- Members of Congress. Find your elected officials
- 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)
- 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/.
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
- List of multiemployer pension plans that have filed critical and declining status notices with the U.S. Department of Labor
- List of plans that have applied to cut benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014
- Facts About Multiemployer Pension Plan Funding
- List of multiemployer pension plans in "critical and declining" status
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
- Read Pension Rights Center news releases, statements, blog entries and comments on the topic of the Central States Pension Fund application to reduce retiree benefits.
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