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Mon Dec 8, 2014, 09:08 AM

Employers' woes push union pension plans to collapse (non-union pension info too)


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http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20141206/ISSUE01/312069985/employers-woes-push-union-pension-plans-to-collapse

By PAUL MERRION December 06, 2014

Nearly 230,000 Chicago-area union workers and retirees risk not getting the pensions they've been promised, and some may not get any retirement benefits at all unless Congress comes up with a fix soon.

While lawmakers wrestled with the issue for at least 10 years, $6.26 billion in unfunded retirement obligations was racked up by 30 union-affiliated plans in the city and suburbs that are in financial danger. That doesn't count the Teamsters Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas pension fund, which alone is $17.55 billion short of what it needs to pay benefits for its nearly 408,000 members nationwide, including 30,000 in Illinois.




It has been a quiet, slow-moving crisis, but Central States could change that. If a solution isn't in place by 2017, the Rosemont-based plan is expected to go belly-up in 10 years or so, experts say.

I've told politicians many times before, if you really want to know what the 800-pound gorilla in the room is for us, it's our pensions, says John Bryan, president of Geneva Construction and chairman of the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Mon Dec 8, 2014, 09:23 AM

1. happened to my neighbor

 

Non union blue collar semi skilled, 52 years old. They laid him off with a $10k lump sum. Grotesque

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Tue Dec 9, 2014, 06:23 AM

2. Somehow

I have a feeling this won't be considered the threat to the economy that it really is. Now if these were banks...

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