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The Lame-Duck Congress Plots to Undermine Retiree Pensions
Los Angeles Times Link to more items from this source
Dec. 8, 2014
"Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee are trying to slip the measure into an omnibus spending bill to be passed before Dec. 11, when Congress leaves Washington for its vacation recess. Pension advocates are up in arms, not least because the measure's actual language hasn't been made public.... [The] proposal [would] to allow plan trustees to cut retirees' pensions now, many years in advance of any looming insolvency. The benefit cut could be no lower than 110% of the PBGC guarantee, or about $14,150 for that 30-year worker this year. This would mean gutting the fundamental principle underlying the federal ERISA law governing private sector pensions."

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