Proposed “Butch Lewis Act” Introduced

The Butch Lewis Act to protect earned pensions was introduced at a press conference today, with the entire Democratic caucus in Congress lined up in support. Now the challenge is to continue the grassroots mobilization and lobbying effort to build bipartisan support for pension protection.

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At the press conference, Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc) credited the “citizen lobbyists” of the pension protection movement for the support the bill enjoys. She stated she had traveled to pension meetings expecting a handful of people, and found hundreds on hand, determined to protect pensions.

The press conference featured Rita Lewis, the widow of Butch Lewis, who passed away in December 2015, fighting for pension justice to his last day.  

The long-time sponsors of the Keep Our Pension Promises Act (KOPPA) such as Senators Sherrod Brown, Tammy Baldwin, and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) spoke, as did the Democratic Congressional leadership, with Nancy Pelosi pledging full support for “no cuts” in earned pensions.

It is a tribute to the pension protection movement that “no cuts in earned pensions” and “keep our pension promises” are widely supported.

Continued grassroots mobilization and lobbying are key to making pension protection a third-rail issue that draws bipartisan support. Building visible support for the legislation is crucial. Organizing meetings, rallies, and delegations to Congressional home offices will show the breadth of support for no cuts to promised pension benefits. 

The Minnesota Support Our Pensions Committee has planned a rally for Saturday, December 2. The National United Committee to Protect Pensions is organizing lobbying efforts in Washington and in home districts for December.  

Now is the time for all-out support to protect pensions. There is no time to lose.

 


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  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-07-29 21:13:28 -0400
    We who worked at ups had no choice but to pay into our pension fund every week we had no say in the matter,we did not have any 401k at the time we worked there ,but our pensions we promised in contracts what we would get when we returned, plus our pensions we’re protected by erisau til Hoffa used our money to live by Washington to have erisa elininated then as soon as that puke of a president Obama signed to have erisa elininated Hoff went to work to cut our pensions,our money was must handled by Hoffa and his buddies they spent it like it was theirs going in lavish trips,big bonuses, donating millions of our money to political campaigns that we had no say in,I did not give my permission to the union to donate my money to any campaign
  • Customcarznation Vic
    commented 2018-07-29 14:47:54 -0400
    Quit blaming 2008, we all lost money 100,000 from my 401k we don’t have pensions. No one paid us back so why should you get help from the Government? Bend over and take it like the rest of us. Welcome to America!
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-03-16 12:07:36 -0400
    This is bullshit,you had two cuts,that is theft,Hoffa and his gang are thieves,I worked at ups for 20 years and retired and got 1005.00 amonth with no health insurance,then last October we got a 29% cut bringing me to 741.00, we get no cost of living increases no insurance which cost me 264.00 a month out of the 741.00 ,and now from hearing your story they may cut us again when all the other teamsters in the country have not taken any,I want the money I worked for that they have kept for 20 years,how can these thieves get away with this,doesn’t the government investigate this union,which is the most corrupt in the country.
  • David Thayer Sr.
    commented 2018-03-16 12:07:36 -0400
    This is bullshit,you had two cuts,that is theft,Hoffa and his gang are thieves,I worked at ups for 20 years and retired and got 1005.00 amonth with no health insurance,then last October we got a 29% cut bringing me to 741.00, we get no cost of living increases no insurance which cost me 264.00 a month out of the 741.00 ,and now from hearing your story they may cut us again when all the other teamsters in the country have not taken any,I want the money I worked for that they have kept for 20 years,how can these thieves get away with this,doesn’t the government investigate this union,which is the most corrupt in the country.
  • Lawrence Schwartz
    commented 2018-01-03 09:46:36 -0500
    I am retired Teamster from local 707 I have been retired since 2001. I was collecting my pension info until 2016 when I receive my first cut and was receiving $1,500 in change. In 2017 I was cut the $793 and change. When he retired I was supposed to have received medical benefits which was lost after the first year I was retired. like if this wasn’t giving up enough. In the year 2006 I had a heart attack and had no coverage whatsoever and I was using my pension money at the time which was $2,300 after my deductions. I was able to collect disability after that but after these two cuts is very hard to live. this is truly unfair to lose his money that I work so hard for I’m sure all the teamsters have the same issues.
  • Raymond Loomis
    commented 2017-12-03 12:22:39 -0500
    Raymond Loomis
    Emporia Ks committe to
    Protect Pensions

    Protect Pensions
  • Don Cullett
    commented 2017-11-24 17:24:17 -0500
    I am a retired teamster with 40 years over the road I have already got my 29 percent cut. It looks like a job is forthcoming at 74 years of age I never thought.
  • Tim McBride
    commented 2017-11-17 13:41:47 -0500
    I am a retired Teamster. I don’t want to lose 50% of my pension that I worked 32 years for.
    I hope we can move forward with this in a nonpartisan way.
  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2017-11-16 19:00:36 -0500
    Where are the Republicans..? sneaking their no HEALTHCARE in a Tax Reform bill law for the1%
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