The Push is On for Butch Lewis Act

Today, at a press conference held in Washington D.C., Mike Walden, president of the National United Committee to Protect Pensions (NUCPP), reminded the assembled press and Congressional staffers, Senators and House Representatives, delegations of Teamsters and Mineworker retirees, of Butch Lewis’s remark, “A promise is a promise is a promise.” It’s that promise that this movement has grown to defend. And it’s happening loud and strong as we reach for the new law that will protect that promised retirement security.

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Retirees, Teamsters and our allies in the Mineworkers and beyond are continuing to work the halls of Congress this week. Delegations have been visiting the offices of both Senators and House members with a full court press to get the Butch Lewis Act passed by the end of the year. Efforts are being made to get the bill attached to the omnibus spending bill.

The NUCPP asks that Teamsters and other supporters call home district offices and ask for support for the Butch Lewis Bill. The Minnesota based Save Our Pensions committee organized a phone bank last Sunday and made over 500 calls to active and retired Teamsters asking them to make calls to their Senate and House local offices. It’s time to make your calls today!


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  • Bruce Swearingen
    commented 2018-02-09 14:18:47 -0500
    Solid financial planning..Stock market gambling underTrumps reign of vacillating policies & proven uncertainties..WOW
  • Phillip Geimer
    commented 2018-01-15 14:31:17 -0500
    Scott, very interesting that you went to the trouble of looking up my e-mail address and sending me the same message that you posted here. Are you on Nylans “Team”? The stock market always rebounds as it did in 2001 when it dropped to 6000 points, now look where it is at, pushing 26,000 points and it will be at 30,000 before long, if only they would have increased there stock earning to 62% which is what it was before they cut it to 48% the fund could very easily be close to 20 billion now. With Trump in office there is no gamble, listening to left wing loons, now that is a gamble.
  • Scott Kendall
    commented 2018-01-07 07:56:40 -0500
    @Phillip Geimer…If the stock market was down 7000 points and you had gotten your way would you bellyache about “lost” opportunity? Gambling shouldn’t be how a pension fund should operate. The central states lost 9 billion in the market crash in 2008. It had 70% stocks and high-risk go-go stocks at that. If this bill is passed the need to partition pensioners will be necessary to get around the “no benefit increases” as a price for a loan. Strong companies and their members don’t need loans and their members will want benefit increase with every contract negotiated. Let’s hope it passes.
  • Phillip Geimer
    commented 2017-12-19 09:43:22 -0500
    Why hasn`t the so-called leaders of the pension fund converted more of our assets to stocks since Trump has been elected, the stock market is up 7000 points and if more of our assets were converted to stocks the value of the pension fund could have been increased significantly and there wouldn`t even be talk of the Butch Lewis bill. I smell a rat, am I the only one questioning this.
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