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United States : Senate, House Leadership Endorse Browns Bill to Ensure Retired Workers Keep Pensions They Earned.

Standing with retired Teamsters and miners today, leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate endorsed U.S. Sen. Sherrod Browns (D-OH) bill to ensure retirees can keep the pensions theyve earned, and made clear the bill is a top priority, boosting the chances it will get passed this year.

Its bad enough that WallStreet squandered workers money and its worse that the government thats supposed to look out for these folks is trying to break the promise made to these workers. We cant allow that to happen, Brown said.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, Democrats are offering hard-working Americans across the country a better deal to protect their pensions, because the families of our ironworkers, truck drivers, steelworkers, and many more deserve a secure and bright future. This new proposal is a priority for Democrats.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, Democrats are committed to defending the dignity of a secure retirement for millions of hardworking Americans. Across the nation, families are worried about what pension fund insolvency and life-threatening cuts will mean to their economic security. Today, Democrats are unveiling the newest legislation in our Better Deal Agenda to strengthen the retirement security of workers and guarantee the full benefits workers have earned over a lifetime of hard work.

Numerous Ohio pension plans, including the massive Central States Teamsters Pension Plan, the United Mine Workers Pension Plan, the Ironworkers Local 17 Pension Plan, the Ohio Southwest Carpenters Pension Plan and the Bakers and Confectioners Pension Plan are currently on the brink of failure and threatened by massive cuts.

Brown formally introduced legislation today, the Butch Lewis Act, to put the pension plans back on solid footing and ensure they can meet their obligations to current retirees and workers for decades to come, without cuts. A version of the bill was also introduced in the House of Representatives. Brown named the bill after Butch Lewis, the former retired head of Teamsters Local 100 in Evendale, Ohio. Butchs wife, Rita Lewis spoke at the press conference today, along with retired coal miner Dave Dilly from Coshocton County.

Dilly is a Vietnam War veteran, and served as his local United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) President. Dilly has lobbied alongside his fellow UMWA members for several years to protect their hard-earned healthcare and pensions. Ritas late husband, Butch Lewis, was a Vietnam War veteran who worked for 40 years as a trucker and Teamster. He was the head of his Teamsters Local 100 in Evendale, Ohio, where he led the fight to preserve his fellow Teamsters pensions. He passed away in 2015, and now Rita continues his fight, lobbying for Teamsters retirement security.

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Date:Nov 17, 2017
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