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Mon Jul 6, 2015, 10:03 PM

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


(In These Times) 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.

The retirees are demonstrating in the streets and barraging members of Congress in outrage over a slow-moving plan to cut their pension benefits. Such cuts were authorized by special legislation—the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014 (MPRA)—passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama late last year. One leader of the campaign against the cuts estimates that thousands of union retirees could see their pension slashed by as much a 30 percent by the end of this year.

The campaign against cuts has seen “a big change in the six months since we started,” says Bob Amsden, a retired truck driver from the Milwaukee area. Since organizing work began in January, some 23 local committees of pensioners have been formed across the Midwest, he says. The work has been strongly supported by the union reform organization Teamsters for a Democratic Union, he adds, as well as by the Washington, D.C.-based Pension Rights Center. Some support is also building in Congress to repeal the new pension law.

In the highest-profile action yet, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vt.) held a press conference June 18 to introduce repeal legislation.

“If we do not repeal this disastrous law, retirees all over this country could see their pensions cut by 30 percent or more. We cannot let that happen. Instead of asking retirees to take a massive cut in their pension benefits, we can make these plans solvent by closing egregious loopholes that allow the wealthiest Americans in this country to avoid paying their fair share of taxes,” Sanders said. ...............(more)

http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/18141/teamsters-pension-cuts-bernie-sanders



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Reply Teamster Retirees’ Campaign Against Pension Cuts Draws Support from Bernie Sanders (Original post)
marmar Jul 2015 OP
daleanime Jul 2015 #1
WillyT Jul 2015 #2
BrotherIvan Jul 2015 #3
madfloridian Jul 2015 #4
Scuba Jul 2015 #5
99Forever Jul 2015 #6
CharlotteVale Jul 2015 #7
99Forever Jul 2015 #8
Snotcicles Jul 2015 #11
awoke_in_2003 Jul 2015 #9
Snotcicles Jul 2015 #10

Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 10:27 PM

1. Good.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 10:33 PM

2. Huge K & R !!! - Thank You !!!

 


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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 10:52 PM

3. That's what they call walking the talk

Cutting pensions that were promised years in advance is evil. There is no excuse for it.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Mon Jul 6, 2015, 11:38 PM

4. Kick

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 06:13 AM

5. Kickety kick kick.

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 07:22 AM

6. Any other candidates doing ANYTHING to protect our retirements?

**crickets**

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 07:27 AM

7. They're too busy protecting their own.

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Response to CharlotteVale (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 07:31 AM

8. Yep.

But don't let the soon to follow "Me too, me too" chorus surprise you.

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Response to 99Forever (Reply #8)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 07:29 PM

11. I will be effected by it. So I would welcome their me too's. nt edited to add me too.

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Response to CharlotteVale (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 07:18 PM

9. +1000. nt

 

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Tue Jul 7, 2015, 07:28 PM

10. Marcy Kaptur, Sherrod Brown and Tim Ryan representing Ohio well

joining onto that bill with Bernie. I sent Gary Peters an email asking him to step up to the plate and join them.
I haven't heard back yet.

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