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AMR retirees ask judge to deny termination of pension plans

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Retirees of AMR Corp., parent of American Airlines, who believe the company will abandon its pension obligations are asking U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane to deny the company's proposed termination of its pension plans, court documents show.

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Loophole Puts Pension Plans at Risk

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Seeking to cut pension costs, Jewish social service groups are using an obscure tax loophole to skirt federal rules that protect workers from being left out in the cold if their retirement plans collapse.

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Switch to 'church plan' pension status at Saint Peter's University Hospital stirs concerns

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Larry Kaplan is feeling anxious, and he’s not alone.Ten years ago, Kaplan retired from his position as a manager for nutrition services at Saint Peter’s University Hospital, and he now lives in Toms River with his wife, Gloria.

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Retirees face the risk of outliving their money

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Treasury Department proposes a solution: annuities through workplace plans

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Cracking Open Today's Retirement Strategies

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The days when workers could count on a comfortable retirement after a lifetime of company devotion are a distant memory for most. Public pension funds across the country teeter on the edge of collapse, and the traditional company pensions that sustained previous generations through their golden years are fading into the sunset.

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Retiree benefit cuts a given; which ones?

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Retiree benefits aren't as secure as they used to be, as auto and airline workers and others have learned in recent years.

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Workers fight switch to church pension plans

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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act, known as ERISA, regulates most private-sector pensions. But it has always exempted plans operated directly by churches for their clergy and employees to make it easier for the churches to operate their plans.

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N.J. workers at religious institutions fear change threatens pensions

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Tens of thousands of current and former employees at scores of religiously affiliated institutions across the country face the same fear, as nonprofits increasingly seek refuge in "church" pension plans to escape onerous financial obligations, according to Eric Loi, an attorney at the Washington D.C.-based Pension Rights Center.

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Some church-linked pension funds drop ERISA coverage

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Legal exemptions that allow church-affiliated organizations to sidestep ERISA protections for their defined benefit pension plans increasingly are being used for less-than-holy purposes...[NOTE:  A slightly different version of this article appears in Business Insurance.]

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Persistence pays off in finding a lost pension

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With his 65th birthday approaching, Richard Zimmerer started making phone calls about a pension from a job he held until his mid-40s.

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