Hoffa Writes Letter to Central States Director

It may be a year too late, but General President James Hoffa has written a letter to Central States Pension Fund Director Thomas Nyhan asking that the Fund not file a request with the US Department of Treasury to cut pensions.

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Hoffa states in the letter that he now supports the Keep Our Pension Promises Act and asks Central States to help fight for pension protections. He also requests that the fund provide all financial information to the IBT that the Fund is using to support its pension-cut plan. 

“I’m glad to see it, even if it is a year or two late in the game,” said Dave Scheidt, Local 41 Roadway retiree and chair of the Kansas City Committee to Protect Pensions. “Hopefully it will give our Teamster officers the green light to stand with us. They need to speak out against the cuts and help us lobby and organize to defend our pensions.”

It remains to be seen what the Central States union trustees – who are Hoffa loyalists – will do now.  

On October 2, the Fund is hosting a meeting of for the officers of all affected local unions. Retirees and members will be in Rosemont Illinois to urge local officers to say No to the pension-cut plan, before positive alternatives are explored.


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  • followed this page 2016-10-21 10:14:13 -0400
  • commented 2016-05-18 01:59:41 -0400
    Im suprised the a$$hole knows how to write
  • commented 2016-05-13 10:15:15 -0400
    Why not a year ago?? this is not new .Don’t write letters ,fire the SOB ,someone hired this immoral piece of shit ,so FIRE HIM. As long as you are writing letters write one to the DOL they were supposedly watching this failure happen for 35 or so years. How many contracts did you endorse ,that gave us little bullshit raises ,so we could make MAXIMUM pension contributions,let’s not forget the IBT is not without fault here too
  • commented 2015-09-29 03:51:52 -0400
    Thomas Nyhan, the Grinch that stole Christmas! Looks like he just cant wait to stick-it to us.
  • commented 2015-09-24 19:56:34 -0400
    At one point in time I supported Hoffa. Power does corrupt and change a man. I really don’t think he cares about the man on the street like his dad did. Very sad.
    Election time also changes a mans thinking.
  • commented 2015-09-24 15:01:27 -0400
    This letter is not “a year or two late”. it is 20 years too late! Why does the IBT act so surprised about the events that have been on the minds of informed Teamsters for years?
    Are they really expecting a retiree to be fooled by their desperate pleas to Central States now that this unethical law has moved this far down the tracks? What have the IBT leaders been doing all these months that they have been unaware while the most important events in recent union history have played out on the national stage?
    The first sentence in the second paragraph is all you need to read to know this is just another politically timed letter to try to “keep TDU off of their backs”. “As you know, I opposed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014.”

    I can’t wait to see this letter in the mail next year as Hoffa/Hall begin their campaign to earn the support of the members who can still vote. While the ones who can’t- retired Central States pensioners- worry about their future.
  • commented 2015-09-24 14:51:44 -0400
    I bet there is an election coming up!! You are a day late and a dollar short.
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