Voices for Pension Security
Like many of our nation’s multiemployer pension funds, the Central States Pension Fund has become severely underfunded and is in critical and declining status. Without Congressional action, Central States will run out of money and be unable to pay pension benefits by 2025 or sooner.
To address the issues facing Central States, and more than 100 other funds nationwide, Congress, in February, established the Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. The Committee, which is made up of an equal number of House Members and Senators from both political parties, has been charged with producing bipartisan legislation to solve these issues by November 30, 2018.
This is truly the best and perhaps last chance to find a solution to the multiemployer pension crisis. Your voice and your help are vital for success.
For background on how we got here and why a solution is so badly needed, visit the Pension Crisis page.
Register for Updates
Please Register Now for updates and important information on the progress of the Committee.
There are several ways you can make your voice heard loud and clear by Members of Congress. Visit the Take Action page for more information.
- Phone calls to your U.S. House Representative and U.S. Senators
- Face-to-face meetings with your Members of Congress when they are home during Congressional recesses
- Send an email or write a personal letter to share your story
The Joint Select Committee
The Joint Select Committee has 16 members appointed by Congressional Leadership – composed of equal numbers of House and Senate members from each political party. Visit the Take Action page to email the Joint Select Committee and senior staff for all 16 members. We also encourage you to call members of the Joint Select Committee and tell them to take action to protect your pension benefits. Phone numbers for each member are listed below.
Sherrod Brown (D-OH) Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
(216) 522-7272 (801) 524-4380
Joe Manchin (D-WV) Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
(304) 342-5855 (901) 544-4224
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Rob Portman (R-OH)
(701) 258-4648 (614) 469-6774
Tina Smith (D-MN) Mike Crapo (R-ID)
(651) 221-1016 (208) 334-1776
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Richard Neal (D-MA 1st District) Virginia Foxx (R-NC 5th District)
(413) 785-0325 (336) 778-0211
Bobby Scott (D-VA 3rd District) Vern Buchanan (R-FL 16th District)
(757) 380-1000 (941) 951-6643
Donald Norcross (D-NJ 1st District) Phil Roe (R-TN 1st District)
(856) 427-7000 (423) 247-8161
Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12th District) Dave Schweikert (R-AZ 6th District)
(313) 278-2936 (480) 946-2411
The report of the Joint Select Committee and proposed legislative language will need to be approved by both a majority of the Republican-appointed Committee members and a majority of the Democratic-appointed Committee members – or else no legislation will be put to a vote by Congress.
If at least five members from each party agree on a compromise, that legislation will be guaranteed an expedited vote on the Senate floor with no amendments. The Committee will be required to hold at least five public meetings, including the option of field hearings outside of D.C. to hear directly from retirees, workers and businesses affected by the pension crisis.
Make Your Voice Heard
This is the time for action. But, as we’ve all learned, action is only possible if Members of Congress are hearing from their constituents, who will hold them accountable.
Even if you’ve weighed in previously, it is important for all Central States participants to contact your elected officials and share with them the hardship that losing your pension will cause. They need to hear your personal stories.
Although Central States will do everything in our power to fight for a legislative solution, it will take the voices of our 400,000 participants - combined with the voices of participants in other funds throughout the country - to get the attention of Congress and The White House. Your voice will hopefully compel the Joint Select Committee to work together across the political divide towards a solution.
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