- Associated Press - Saturday, March 12, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of retired union workers and their families have rallied at the Minnesota Capitol over proposed pension cuts.

The protesters gathered Saturday to denounce the proposed cuts to the Teamsters’ Central States Pension Fund. The cuts would affect more than 15,000 Minnesota retirees.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1nFKxEP) reports U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan of Minnesota had been scheduled to speak, but could not attend. Nolan’s field representative, Rick Olson, a former Teamster whose wife is a bus driver with Local 120, told the crowd, “What happens to you, happens to us.”

The Central States Pension Plan filed an application with the U.S. Treasury last year to implement a plan to stay solvent. That could mean deep cuts to some participants.

Union workers question whether the cuts are necessary.



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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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