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Pension Relief in the Budget Reconciliation Process

We’re one step closer to a solution for the pensions crisis becoming a reality. The full House of Representatives is preparing to vote on a bill that includes a solution to protect our pensions.

Send a letter and tell your representative to stand up for workers by voting for this critical solution.

Corporate greed and past recessions put pensions for 1.4 million workers in danger—pensions we negotiated for and earned. Now, the economic disaster created by COVID has pushed those pension funds to the brink.

Pro-worker Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee included the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 in the broader COVID relief bill. Now, we need to make sure Congress passes this critical relief.

Send a message to your member of Congress and demand that they vote to secure our pensions and pass critical relief for all working people.

We have an opportunity to ensure that the pensions we earned are there for us in our golden years.

And as America’s strongest union, we can make it happen. Our votes elected pro-worker champions to Congress. Our voices made pensions relief a priority. Now, our actions will ensure that this critical bill moves through Capitol Hill.

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The International Brotherhood of Teamsters

Teamsters Laud House Committee for Including Pension Reform in Stimulus Bill

Retirements of 1M+ Hardworking Americans are now in the Senate’s Hands

Press Contact: Ted Gotsch Phone: (703) 899-0869 Email:

(WASHINGTON) – The Teamsters are applauding the House’s passage of a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill today that includes language granting relief to hundreds of endangered multiemployer pension plans that would protect the hard-earned retirements of more than 1 million American retirees and workers.

Under the Butch Lewis Emergency Pension Plan Relief Act of 2021 language inserted into the legislation, more than 50 Teamster pension plans – including its largest, the Central States Pension Fund – will be eligible for assistance at the outset of the bill’s enactment, with more of the union’s plans becoming eligible in 2022.

“For my entire administration, the Teamsters have been fighting for members and retirees who only want to receive the nest eggs that they’ve worked so hard to earn for their golden years,” Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said. “Now we are one step closer towards fulfilling that promise.”

As America looks to reopen and rebuild, maintaining the solvency of the multiemployer pension system will be a key to economic recovery. The National Institute for Retirement Security has concluded that the $44.2 billion in private pension benefit payments paid to retirees of multiemployer plans in 2018 supported $96.6 billion dollars in overall economic output in the national economy, and an estimated $14.7 billion in total tax revenue. The country can ill-afford a reduction in these revenue streams during the recovery period.

The bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. Elected officials can no longer turn their backs on these hardworking Americans who have played by the rules their entire lives. Congress must pass COVID-19 legislation that includes a pension fix.

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit for more information. Follow us on Twitter @Teamsters and “like” us on Facebook at