Press Release
03/26/21

New Law Causes Musicians’ Pension Trustees to Rethink Benefit Cuts

  For Immediate Release Contact: Karen Friedman, 202-320-6518 Tens of thousands of musicians— pianists, trumpeters, celloists, saxophonists and others— who were fighting cuts to their pensions are reaping immediate gains from the newly enacted Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act, which was passed as part of the $1.9 trillion Covid-19 aid package, known as the American […]

Press Release
01/08/21

Musicians Paul Livant and Andy Snitzer Contribute “Service Award” to Pension Rights Center

Andy Snitzer and Paul Livant, the named plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against the trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers Pension Fund (AFM-EPF), received a service award of $10,000 each when that case settled.  Rather than keep their awards, which compensated them for their time and the risks they took on, […]

Press Release
08/13/20

Treasury Department rejects application by musicians’ pension fund to cut benefits – saving retirees’ pensions. Now it’s up to Congress to act!

Musicians across the country are cheering the U.S. Treasury Department’s decision Tuesday to reject the application filed by the Trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM-EPF) to reduce their benefits. The Pension Rights Center joined more than 180 retired musicians, who were facing 40 percent cuts, in urging the Treasury […]

Press Release
07/27/20

Pension Rights Center Calls on Retirement Plan Participants to “Ask for Paper!” in Response to New Anti-Consumer Labor Department Disclosure Rule

In response to the U.S. Department of Labor’s new anti-consumer “notice-and-access” disclosure regulation that goes into effect today, the Pension Rights Center is urging workers and retirees to tell their pension and 401(k) plans that they want to continue receiving their key retirement information on paper – not just by getting a text or email […]

Press Release
06/03/20

Supreme Court strips workers of their right to sue for pension plan mismanagement

In a 5-4 decision issued on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that pension plan participants have no right to sue the people running their plans for fund mismanagement. The Court’s majority opinion in Thole v. U.S. Bank holds that since most people participating in a traditional pension plan will receive their promised benefits regardless […]

Press Release
05/29/20

New government “hide and seek” rule tells workers to hunt for retirement information on websites

In the midst of an economic collapse and at a time of heightened financial insecurity, the U.S. Department of Labor has issued a regulation that tells workers and retirees that to find information about their retirement rights they will have to hunt for it on a website. No longer will people automatically receive yearly statements […]

Press Release
05/15/20

America needs pension relief in HEROES Act — NOT the GROW Act

With the House of Representatives poised to vote on the next COVID-19 relief package, known as the HEROES Act, the Pension Rights Center applauds the congressional leaders who have included within the massive bill the important provisions of the Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act (EPPRA) which will strengthen the nation’s multiemployer pension system. PRC, however, […]

Press Release
03/02/20

Pension Rights Center Comments Urge Treasury Department to Flunk Musician’s Fund Application to Cut Retirees’ Pensions

The Pension Rights Center (PRC) filed comments today on behalf of a group of retired musicians who will “forever lose 40 percent of their hard-earned pensions” if the U.S. Department of the Treasury approves a proposed cutback scheme filed by the Trustees of the American Federation of Musicians and Employers’ Pension Fund (AFM – EPF). […]

Press Release
11/20/19

Consumer advocacy group asks Labor Department to withdraw proposal that would curtail employees’ receipt of important retirement plan information

November 20— The Pension Rights Center, a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization, charges that a new proposed Labor Department regulation would undermine the rights of workers and retirees to receive critical retirement information. The Department of Labor, the agency charged with protecting workers’ and retirees’ retirement rights, should withdraw its proposed rule (Default Electronic Disclosure by […]

Press Release
07/25/19

House Passes Bipartisan Bill to Avert National Retirement Crisis

While former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified before Congress, the big news on Capitol Hill yesterday arguably was the boost the House of Representatives gave to hundreds of thousands of working-class American workers and retirees who have lost or will lose a major portion of their promised retirement income. The “People’s House” on July 24 […]

Press Release
07/10/19

Three Cheers for Congressional Committee’s Vote That Paves Way for Bill Stabilizing Financially Struggling Pension Plans

The House Ways and Means Committee took a significant step today toward resolving a pending national retirement crisis affecting millions of workers and retirees. It did this by voting in favor of a bill that would provide a lifeline to financially teetering pension plans in the form of government backed loans. The committee’s 25 to […]

Press Release
05/08/19

New Jersey hospital pensioners sue Newark Archdiocese

Former employees of Saint James Hospital filed a lawsuit on May 7 in the Superior Court of Essex County New Jersey alleging that the Archdiocese of Newark has wrongly denied them at least $2.7 million in lifetime pension benefits. The retirees’ complaint alleges that  their pensions were payable for life and fully protected by federal […]