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Impassioned Voices Ring Loudly at Benefits Suspension Hearing Savings

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When crafting final regulations on suspending benefits under multiemployer pension plans, the IRS and Treasury Department should use the "maximum limits" of their authority to write rules that follow the law but are as fair as possible to workers and retirees, speakers said during an IRS hearing.

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Retirees brace for hardship as multi-employer pension cuts loom

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Of all the negative financial surprises that can hit in retirement, learning a "guaranteed" pension could be severely cut is among the worst.

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With union pensions in jeopardy, Ohio members plead with Congress and the feds

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Alex Adams lifted his shirt so the panelists and audience could see the bandages and feeding tube. "This is how I eat," he said in a halting voice. 

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Countdown to Cuts: Retirees Call on Policymakers to Stop the Clock on Cuts to Their Pensions

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WASHINGTON – Hundreds of retired truck drivers and their spouses came to Washington, D.C., today to tell policymakers how proposed cuts to their pensions  More...

Can you afford to retire?

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Many Americans are facing the reality that they might not be able to retire in their 60s as planned. In 2014, President Obama and Congress passed the 2015 Omnibus spending bill, which includes provisions that allow trustees of certain multiemployment plans to cut retirees pensions - part of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.

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Rising costs usher in pension ‘de-risking’ cycle

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Many Connecticut workers probably think of a pension as something their parents had, or something they'll never get. Indeed, as companies have frozen or curtailed their pensions or "defined-benefit" plans, the number of Connecticut private-sector workers and retirees with a single-employer pension (519,000) has plummeted 42 percent over the last decade, federal data shows.

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Multiemployer pension plans in critical and declining status, by state

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The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 allows the trustees of certain multiemployer pension plans to reduce pensions, including the benefits of retirees.

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Legislation offers workable solution to multiemployer plan underfunding

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This is a Letter to the Editor from Karen Ferguson, director of the Pension Rights Center, responding to a negative editorial that Pensions & Investments published on the Keep Our Pension Promises Act of 2015.

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Teamster Retirees’ Campaign Against Pension Cuts Draws Support from Bernie Sanders

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Less than six months after getting started, a grassroots campaign among Teamsters union retirees to protect their pensions appears to be picking up steam, attracting the support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and threatening to influence the outcome of the union’s own leadership elections next year.

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PBGC readies rules to cut retiree pension benefits

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The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is getting ready to implement a new law that allows distressed union multi-employer pension plans to reduce retiree benefits — if that can halt them from sliding into insolvency.

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