Minnesota Rally: “We’re going to overturn this damn law and get our pensions back!”

While thousands rallied in Washington, D.C. to protest potential cuts to the Central States pension, 300 Teamsters and their families picketed Rep. Jon Kline’s Burnsville, Minnesota office. 


Kline was the principal sponsor of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) that has set the stage for the current attack on retirement security.

Bob McNattin, a TDU activist and part of the leadership of the Minnesota Committee to Protect Pensions, helped organize the picket and said, “We’re going to overturn this damn law and get our pensions back,” See fuller coverage in the Star-Tribune.

The Minnesota Committee has been organizing against the proposed cuts for over two years and has monthly organizing meetings.

Click here to get involved in the movement to defend pensions.

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  • Bill Overkleeft
    commented 2016-04-26 10:44:54 -0400
    how do we find out when Feinberg makes the decision
  • bob krouse
    commented 2016-04-21 15:30:39 -0400
    Agree Melvin. The 4th of July doesn’t represent anything anymore. It’s now just a day to cook out and drink………………..
  • Melvin Coffey
    commented 2016-04-20 17:17:18 -0400
    We have not seen anything about any of this in the media in our area except one time an article said that most of the guys would lose 20% of their pension. Most everyone I have spoke to say that they are losing 50% which is what I myself am losing. I worked my thirty years ! I worked one place 25 years and because I was afraid the company I worked for would close up ( which they did a year later) moved my family so I could protect my pension and took a job with a company for the remainder of my years. Should have just stayed in my home town!! How is anyone suppose to live off this and pay mandatory health insurance? Who is going to hire sixty and seventy year old guys when twenty year old guys cannot find a job!! Our government is so out of control. They worry more about every other country than they do about the people of the United States of America. My father-in-law fought and was wounded in World War II and always spoke of what a great country we live in. He knew before he passed away we were being over taken by corrupt people who care only about what they have and no one else. I have chills every time I go to one of my grandchildren’s sporting events when they play the National Anthem but as of lately I don’t get those chills anymore I just feel empty. Sean Langley this is the best thing I have seen written lately to describe every thing that is happening!! God help us all.
  • sean langley
    commented 2016-04-19 15:21:10 -0400
    Richard Jennings > ‎NBC News

    I challenge the national media to tell the story and ask our government “how did you let this happen ?” “who is going to be criminally charged?” " how are you going to make them whole?". How did the Executive branch, the courts, Congress, and the President fail to protect the interest of retirees and undo ERISA laws that have protected workers for decades ?

    Central States Teamster pension fund, control was taken in 1982 by a court order to remove the Mafia because of real estate improprieties in the investment of the pension funds financing Las Vegas casinos and other issues.
    The court ordered the Government and Trustees to watch over the fund and do what was in the best interest of the individuals who it represented.
    The fund grew large enough it also fell under Taft Hartley guidelines.
    The giant banks deemed to large to fail that were ultimately found responsible for fraud and mispresentation contributing to the global financial crisis of 2007-208 were left in charge of the fund. Disregarding fiduciary responsibilities and guidelines for a pension fund of it’s size. Disregarding guidelines of Taft Hartley act. Yet still while under the “watchful eye” of the court ordered government control of the fund since 1982.
    Goldman Sachs was fined billions of dollars for their part of fraud contributing to the recession. The 2nd primary giant bank also involved in the
    Crisis the same story. These were the giant banks deemed reliable to be in charge of our pension funds and their ways of investment lost more than comparable size funds and charged us more in fees all under the government’s watchfull eye.
    How do we lose more with their help then when the Mafia was involved?
    The Pension Benefit Guarantee Corp created by ERISA laws in 1974 has had no problem charging premiums to insure our fund…. yet the government has underfunded it and informed the Teamsters it cannot insure their fund now because it would bankrupt the PBGC. Teamsters didn’t underfund it you established the premiums. We should be insured at full value.
    ERISA was enacted to protect working peoples pensions from corporate thieves closing companies and emptying the pension funds. Guaranteeing that retiree benefits would never be challenged, reduced, cut once earned. Because the employee had worked all their life to earn that benefit.
    Yet hidden in a must pass finance bill in December 2014 having nothing to do with government budget was a bill now referred to as MPRA. Never brought to the floor for discussion, never talked about how it would affect millions of seniors and retirees pensions reducing incomes by up to 70%. Also hidden in it were the unusual nondemocratic methods of voting. Never discussed how it would undo ERISA.
    So here we are in one of the wealthiest countries of the world, that sends its military to other shores defending human rights and free elections and we are now guilty of our own political leaders taking those cery righrs from those least able to protect themselves our senior citizens on fixed incomes and many in decling health.
    Even more surprising that our media isn’t telling the story that is challenging over 270,000 currently retired members receiving checks facing income cuts up to 70%, many too old or physically unable to return to work to offset those losses of income. 410,000 total members of the fund or how this will affect millions of others who are also in multi employer pension funds. What are you waiting for? When you talk about economic impact many will lose homes, file bankruptcy, have to make choices between food or medicine. When are you going to tell the story?? Are you waiting until we are filling the courts with bankruptcy forms and homelss on the streets?
  • Steve Kesler
    commented 2016-04-17 21:39:55 -0400
    Thanks brothers and sisters keep the pressure on.
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