Teamster Ranks Force Hoffa Flip-Flop on Pensions

Hoffa joined Teamster pension activists at a press conference today to oppose the same pension cuts he helped push through Congress.

Rank-and-file pressure has forced Hoffa to say the right things about pension reform on Capitol Hill. Now it’s time for him to DO the right thing and stop the rush to pension cuts in the Teamsters own Central States Fund.

 

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Today’s press conference came on the same day that pension activists packed a Treasury Department hearing on the rules Pension Funds must follow to implement pension cut plans under a new law approved by Congress last year.

Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act last December with the full backing of the Central States Pension Fund. TDU later obtained a leaked email from the Central States Pension Fund blasting Hoffa for pretending to oppose the pension cut deal in a PR stunt.

Now Hoffa is up to his old tricks. Today, he appeared at a press conference with Senator Bernie Sanders and and others political leaders to support the Keep Our Pension Promises Act to stop the benefit cuts allowed by the new law. 

It’s good that Hoffa is taking the right position on this important pension legislation. But the hundreds and thousands of members and retirees facing the worst pension cuts in Teamster history need more than photo ops from Hoffa.

It’s time for Hoffa to take action to stop the rush to pension cuts in the Teamsters own Central States Pension Fund.

Teamster members and retirees are calling for an independent audit of the Central States Pension Fund so that alternatives to the Fund’s drastic cuts can be considered by pension experts.

It’s a more than reasonable demand by members and retirees who deferred wage increases so they could have pension benefits they could survive on in retirement.

Not a single Hoffa administration official has spoken out against the Central States pension cut plan. 

Grassroots pressure has finally forced Hoffa to say the right things about pension reform in Congress. It’s time for him to DO the right thing and take action to stop the rush to pension cuts in our own union. 


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  • followed this page 2016-10-20 13:47:34 -0400
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  • commented 2015-09-12 19:14:20 -0400
    Wish you could have been in Washington DC September 10 – for the hearings on our pension cuts. One brother was speaking and at the end of his speech he addressed the 4 Central States Executives in their $700 + suits.
    " I heard you suits snickering as each speaker told of the hardship they would face if their pensions were cut, you suits come down on this stage and I’ll drop my pants so all of you can Kiss My Ass!!!" He got a standing ovation.

    On the pitiful side was the amount of members present. There were 290 to 300 Retirees, some were at the hearings, while others were at the Hoffa and Senator Sanders Press Conference, and still others speaking to their representatives and Senators.

    Where were the rest of you?? 300 Brothers & Sisters won’t be enough to change any minds in Congress or at Central States. Even the Treasury Dept said we should have 3,000 or more in attendance. Keep thinking you won’t make a difference and you won’t.

    There will be other trips to Washington, DC – GET ACTIVENOT HEALTHY ENOUGH TO TRAVEL (send a family member) – MAKE PHONE CALLS TO ALL THE BROTHERS & SISTERS YOU KNOW. THE MORE PEOPLE MAKING NOISE THE MORE LIKELY WE ARE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

    Our trip from Charlotte to Greensboro to Washington cost $3,500 for the bus – or $75 per person for the ride up and back. NC had 50 members on the bus, a few rode Amtrac, 2 car loads drove. Nebraska had 10 members that flew in. Ohio had 3 bus loads – Wisconsin – I am not sure of the exact head count but was a large crowd.

    Where were the rest of you. We need more support, we need thousands, not just hundreds. It’s your pension also and we can make a difference if we stand together like a brotherhood should.

    Those of us that went had a great experience, hope to see you there next time.
    Sincerely,
    Barry Nesbitt
    Roadway/YRC Retired
    Charlotte, NC
  • commented 2015-09-10 21:49:38 -0400
    NO IT WAS TEAMSTER UNITED AND THE ELECTION HE IS GOING TO LOSE, WHERE HAS HE BEEN THE LAST 10YEARS
  • commented 2015-09-10 21:06:08 -0400
    Yes we need more traction and that starts with Mr. Hoffa. Many more teamsters need to take part in this fight to save our earned pensions. We must get all the help we can muster up in this election year.
  • published this page in News 2015-09-10 16:46:34 -0400
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