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Courtney: Six more Triangle employees claim lost pension benefits

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The New England Pension Assistance Project is mentioned again, in this follow-up article about the Triangle Wire mass recoupment case (see the December 23 story).

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Former Triangle Wire workers fight to retain pensions

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The New England Pension Assistance Project is featured in this article about a mass recoupment case, in which a pension plan overpaid several retirees for years and now those pensions are being cut or eliminated entirely.

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Decision on pension payout will last a lifetime

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Take the money or wait? That’s the $90,402 question The New York Times Co. has put to me as it offers to buy out my right to the lifelong monthly pension I earned when the parent of the Times newspaper also owned the Globe.

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Should you take your pension as a lump sum?

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Some companies, such as General Motors (GM) and Ford, 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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What is Recoupment?

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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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Pensions lost and (hopefully) found

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Imagine earning a pension after many years of hard work with a company. Then you leave your employer before retiring and without claiming your pension. When you reach retirement age, you expect to be able to start receiving that pension but you are unable to find the employer or the plan. Your pension plan is “lost”.

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Accounting mistakes can squeeze pension benefits

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An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette details the problem of recoupment -- when a pension plan demand repayment of money that it overpaid to a retiree -- and highlights the work of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project.

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No divorce means widow is entitled to husband’s pension

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Maureen contacted the Mid-America Pension Rights Project with a unique issue. Upon her husband’s death in 2005, she was told that she wasn’t entitled to a share of his pension because the plan had no record that her husband was married.

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Restarting a pension becomes a family matter

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When Emma, a widow living in a nursing home, suddenly stopped receiving her monthly pension payments in May 2013, she turned to Lily, her granddaughter, for helpEmma had been receiving a survivor pension since her husband’s death in 1959 and didn’t know why her monthly pension payments had stopped

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