Teamster Retirees Demand Trustees 'Stop the Rush' to Slash Pensions in Half

Hundreds packed a town hall meeting about the pension cuts in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: Central Ohio Committee to Protect Pensions.

They thought their pensions were secure—but now they’re fighting to keep them. Retired and active Teamsters in 25 states from Florida to Minnesota received notice this fall that their pensions could be cut by as much as 60 percent, beginning July 1.

Most are facing a reduction of 50 percent.

“The bulk of the people who are active are between 60 and 75,” said 71-year-old Whitlow Wyatt, who is facing a 61 percent pension cut, from $3,300 a month to $1,300. He drove over the road for 33 years, for four different companies that were all solvent while he worked for them.

Organizers for Teamsters for a Democratic Union report anger and activity among retirees on an unprecedented scale.

This past month, meetings in Columbus, Ohio, and Kansas City, Missouri, drew 600 and 500 Teamsters and family members, respectively. Milwaukee saw nearly 300 and Cincinnati more than 200. Retirees have formed active “Committees to Protect Pensions” in 20 cities, with Facebook pages set up in a dozen more.

The Columbus meeting drew retirees from as far away as Buffalo, said Wyatt, a leader of the Central Ohio Committee to Protect Pensions. “Louisville sent a bus, they were carpooling from Jackson and Detroit in Michigan, a few came from Indianapolis.”

Before December, the Columbus group had already been drawing 100-150 people to its monthly meetings, and in the fall sent 40 people to Washington for a public hearing about changes to the pension law.

The pension committees are demanding that trustees of the Teamsters’ mammoth Central States Pension Fund, with 407,000 members, stop the rush to achieve solvency on their backs, and find another way to shore up the fund’s ailing finances.

Roots of the Problem

In 2008 President James Hoffa allowed UPS, by far the largest employer of Teamsters, to pull out of the Central States Pension Fund.

If 45,000 UPS workers in the Central States area were still members, the Fund’s annual income would be about double what it is now.

Rug Pulled Out by New Law

Dave Scheidt of the Missouri-Kansas City Committee to Protect Pensions said he’d caught wind of employers organizing to change the pension law as far back as 2012. The 1974 ERISA law used to prohibit any cuts to retirees already receiving pensions. Scheidt got Local 41 in Kansas City to call a meeting in April 2013; nearly 3,500 showed up.

“It was a mob scene. We hadn’t seen anything like that,” Scheidt said. An official of the Central States Fund assured the worried Teamsters that no bill to cut pensions existed, “nothing with an HR number on it.”

That was true—“he put it to rest,” Scheidt said—but it was also true that “all the time, Central States was working behind the scenes” to craft legislation that would permit pension cuts by certain troubled funds.

Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) in December 2014, after heavy lobbying by Central States, with no public hearings and no debate.

The law was written specifically to accommodate the cuts wanted by Central States. It sets up three tiers of retirees:

  1. “Orphans” like Wyatt, those whose companies have gone out of business and no longer contribute to the Fund. Their cuts must bring them down to 10 percent above the maximum level previously guaranteed by the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (which the government set up to aid stranded pensioners when their companies or pension funds went broke). Orphans will now get a maximum of $14,147 per year—for those with the highest pensions.

  2. Those who worked for a company that is still contributing. About 1,800 companies are in this category, most very small. Their cuts are generally 45 to 50 percent. This group includes UPS retirees pre-2008.

  3. UPS retirees who retired in 2008 or after. In 2008 President James Hoffa allowed UPS, by far the largest employer of Teamsters, to pull out of the Central States Fund. The Fund’s annual income would be about double what it is now if 45,000 UPS workers in the Central States area were still members.

    If Central States doesn't pay these workers the pensions they're owed, UPS is required to make up the difference. So the company is eager that these workers' payouts not to be cut.

    The Pension Rights Center said of the MPRA that UPS retirees "are given special protection: their benefits are last in line to be cut. This provision is reportedly the result of a last-minute deal, with language added to the law, designed to save UPS an estimated $2 billion that it would otherwise have been contractually required to pay to its retirees.”

    UPS is still unhappy with its treatment under the trustees’ proposal, however, and is threatening to sue to stop it.

Who Could Fix It?

Under the law, the retirees now have the right to vote on the proposal, although the Treasury Department may overrule them if they vote no.

The Treasury Department’s appointed “Special Master” Kenneth Feinberg has the power to reject the Central States trustees’ plan on certain narrow grounds—but the fact that “it will ruin participants’ lives” doesn’t seem to be one of them.

The pension committees are demanding that trustees of the Central States Fund stop the rush to achieve solvency on their backs, and find another way to shore up the fund’s ailing finances.

Bad News in the Mail

In October, retirees began receiving individual letters telling them how much their new pensions would be under the trustees’ proposal. (Four trustees are appointed by the Teamsters International and four by contributing employers.)

Under the law, the retirees now have the right to make their opinions known, and to vote on the proposal, although the Treasury Department may overrule them if they vote no.

The Treasury Department has appointed a “Special Master,” Kenneth Feinberg, to gather retirees’ concerns. Feinberg is holding meetings across the country; it was his presence that brought out the big turnout in Columbus December 8.

Feinberg is the attorney who oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the payments to families of 9/11 victims. Wyatt says he is “approachable” and “like your favorite uncle.” Feinberg told the Milwaukee meeting in December that he thought retirees hadn’t had much chance to be heard.

He has the power to reject the Central States trustees’ plan on certain narrow grounds, but the fact that “it will ruin participants’ lives” doesn’t seem to be one of them. He may send it back for changes if it doesn’t seem to solve the Fund’s financial problems, or if its cuts exceed what’s actually needed. Feinberg emphasizes, though, that he cannot change the law.

Organizing the Advanced

The retirees are organizing with old methods and new. Wyatt says about 150 of the 350 people on his list don’t have Internet access, so he activates a phone tree, in addition to email and Facebook, to notify them of meetings and delegations.

He thinks their movement needs to garner national news coverage, as well as the local stories they’ve been receiving.

He also thinks they need help from other unions, who are seemingly unconcerned. There are 1,400 multi-employer pension plans in the U.S., with about 10 million participants, including miners and construction, hotel, and grocery workers as well as Teamsters.

Fund Trustee Resigns

One of four Teamster trustees of the Central States Pension Fund resigned this week. Bill Lichtenwald had come under fire from the Independent Review Board (IRB), the government committee set up by a 1989 consent decree to root out corruption in the Teamsters.

Lichtenwald heads the Ohio Conference of Teamsters, which the IRB implied should be abolished.

One Conference official told the IRB that “the conference’s major purpose was to supplement the salaries of officials in less prosperous locals.” More than half the conference’s $747,000 income from member dues is used to compensate officers who also get full-time salaries from other positions in the union.

The Conference board headed by Lichtenwald routinely approved parties, Christmas bonuses, and extra per diem payments for its officers.

“Lichtenwald was stealing from the members and this very gentleman was also taking decisions on cuts for us,” said Dave Scheidt, a Kansas retiree. “He openly admitted he hadn’t read the plan, he just signed off on it.”

A couple of locals whose officers are running against Hoffa in next year’s Teamsters election have pledged money to campaign against the cuts. The funds are to be managed by the Pension Rights Center. Local 89 President Fred Zuckerman of Louisville, Kentucky, asked Hoffa to join the fight, but his request has received no reply.

The protesting Teamsters have, however, forced their International union to finally, at the deadline for comments this month, issue a letter to Treasury and Feinberg opposing the Central States plan.

Scheidt says Hoffa’s last-minute opposition is “in my opinion, too little, too late. He’s up for reelection, he can’t afford to look like he’s not doing anything.”

Hoffa had been on the board of the National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans, which lobbied for MPRA, but “all of a sudden his name disappeared,” Scheidt said.

‘Won’t Be the Last’

Scheidt warns of the writing on the wall for other workers. “If they get by with doing this to us, look out,” he said. Central States is the first pension fund to use the MPRA. “We may be the first but we won’t be the last.”

“We are the largest multiemployer fund that is in trouble,” Wyatt said. “We’re going to be the template for all funds to follow.”

He referred to the old maxim that retirement is a “three-legged stool”—Social Security, pension, and savings. “They just chopped one leg down to a third,” he said. “That stool is not going to stand without that third leg.”

Meanwhile, the MPRA law contains a nasty surprise for those still working, too. Between 2021 and 2025, the age for retiring without reduction of your pension will rise from 62 to 65.

[The deadline for the public to comment on the Central States proposal to cut pensions has been extended till February 1. Anyone may comment here.]

CORRECTION: The original version of this article mistakenly described the third tier of the MPRA as pre-2008 UPS retirees. In fact this tier is those who retired in or after 2008. Some additional explanation was added in this section. Also, the deadline for public comment is February 1, not the end of February.

Jane Slaughter is a former editor of Labor Notes and co-author of Secrets of a Successful Organizer.

Comments

don Johnson | 01/11/16

I think the big question should be how did we actually get here?

A couple of issues have led to this situation at the IBT as well as other multi-employer Taft Hartley pension plans and they are mostly due to politics. Until we recognize the reality of the situation we are caught between the economic realities of the plan assets and the PBGC. Everyone needs to understand what happens if the PBGC takes over the pension. Rather than getting 50% of what was promised you will end up with even less. When a plan goes to the PBGC the only thing guaranteed is the retirees will be in poverty. I know people who were in a plan in SoCal where the management trustees made some bad decisions and invested much of the plans assets in bad real estate deals and the plan went to the PBGC. A blue collar worker who had thought he would be getting a check for $3,000 a month ended up getting a check for less than $500 a month. To even use the new legislation the retirees must get at least 10% more than they would have had the pension went to the PBGC. It’s not good but it’s better than if the Feds get their hands on it. The new legislation also does not address the core issues that got us all here, it is those issues that must be addressed.

1.) The first issue that has created this situation is the Taft Hartley Act. The Taft Hartley Act was passed in 1947 and changed the Wagner Act, (National Labor Relations Act) from a law that protected workers’ rights to organize and to collectively bargain into a management tool that stripped Unions such as the IBT and all of the Building Trades unions of their ability to engage in secondary boycotts. The IBT, like the Building Trades, organized primarily utilizing the secondary boycott. Rather than chase individual truck drivers across the United States, Union Organizers could go to loading docks or terminals. They could then organize that facility where employees came every day to the same spot. After organizing that facility the loading dock workers could simply refuse to handle any goods delivered by scab drivers and use that leverage to secure further contract. This lead a great expansion of the IBT. After 1947 this became illegal and workers were no longer allowed under the law to assist other workers involved in a labor dispute thus making organizing significantly more difficult. Anyone who drives a Concrete Truck has ran into a “two gate” situation. This is due to Taft Hartley, prior to 1947 if a scab painting company showed up on a job site the rest of the Union members regardless if they were carpenters, plumbers, plasterers, etc. would simply shut the job down so the scab shop would be forced to sign a Union contract if they wanted to work on those types of jobs. Under Taft Hartley this is illegal and now the scab Paint contractor gets their own entrance and any Union whose members refuse to work with the scab company can be sued for damages and the scab employer can get a Federal injunction against the Union. The Taft Hartley Act also created "right to work" laws, prohibited closed shops(a closed shop requires all employees be Union members and it has been illegal since 1947), Taft Hartley prohibited members from actually running their own Union free from government interference, Taft Hartley forced Union members to work alongside anti-union coworkers, Taft Hartley forced Union members to pay for services provided to anti-union free rider co-workers along with many other provision conceived to destroy organized labor over several decades. The Taft Hartley Act was also expanded in 1959 and prohibited employers from engaging in "hot cargo" action. Hot Cargo was a practice where an employer of a Union shop could refuse to do business with a non-union business. Taft Hartley also required that the Union allow management equal say on all multi-employer trust funds including pensions and healthcare plans. In all of these discussions about the Pension you will never hear anyone talk about the employers responsibilities to the participants, all you hear is what the IBT or some other Union isn't doing. It was after the Federal Government demanded that employers be given a seat at our table that we started to see these types of issues. It would be as if the Federal Government forced draft dodgers with no military experience and who didn’t like veterans to have control of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, why did they do this? To weaken the Labor movement, that’s why.

Since 1947 and the introduction of the Taft Hartley Act the Democratic Party has had the Executive and Legislative branches of government with veto proof majorities 6 times. Not once has the Democratic Party leadership moved to repeal the Taft Hartley Act, NOT ONCE. In fact, the last time there was a real push on labor law reform was when LBJ was President, it was the Democratic Party Committee Chair that refused to let the legislation out of Committee for a vote. But what is it that the Democratic Party has done for the American blue collar worker since 47? Deregulation of the transportation sector, allowed for the misclassification of workers as independent contractors which exempted them from being able to organize, suspension of Davis Bacon, Federal Injunctions against Unions who did strike, and so called "free trade" deals that provide for things like non-union Mexican cartage on U.S. Highways and shipped manufacturing overseas.

2.) The other thing that took a toll on our pensions was the Democratic Party changing the rules witch we created to keep our pensions healthy like changing our vesting period from 10 years to 5 years. When we had 10 year vesting versus 5 year vesting. When we had 10 year vesting most multi-employer pensions had a surplus of funds and at that time a pension could not build up reserves for a rainy day and that is why our retirees would see 13 checks in a year vs 12, our multipliers would increase and our retirement age would lower. With 5 year vesting people who were only in the industry for a short period would get the same benefits as someone who drove a truck his/her entire life. The Union wasn't forcing anyone out of the industry before they worked and contributed for 10 years but the Democratic Party decided that they knew better and changed the rules. Once again the Feds believed they knew better how to run a Union than the membership did. Had the membership wanted 5 year vesting there was nothing prohibiting it but it was up to the membership, not the employers, and not the government. You used to have to earn that pension. Everyone knew we were tied to each other. The members before us built the Union and the pension, we helped pay for their retirement along with our own pension and the new guys would help pay our pension as well as theirs. With 5 year vesting all that matters is getting 5 years in and drawing a check, no commitment to the organization at all, no commitment to your fellow member. And remember the Feds said our pensions couldn't save for a downturn in the economy, even when management would agree to put some funds aside in case the stock market tanked it was the Feds who said no. All contributions to the fund had to be spent annually. This has now changed and the Feds have decided that our pension can have 130% of what's needed but it's a day late and a dollar short.

WHAT’S NEEDED TO FIX OUR MULTI-EMPLOYER PENSIONS? Repeal Taft Hartley so Unions can once again grow and thrive and then we need to change the vesting period to 10 years rather than 5, THE Feds should be required to have just cause before they come into our organizations and tell us how to run things. Why is it they can do this to a workers organization but not a business? By doing this we can once again protect our retirees, grow our union, secure better deals at the bargaining table, and create true power for the working man. It is clear that we cannot count on the Democratic Party to help us but we must hold them responsible. When we talk to our Representatives we must send them a clear message to repeal Taft Hartley and stop messing with our Unions. Our membership has dropped from the day Taft Hartley was made law and if we are to survive WE MUST STRIVE TO REPEAL THE TAFT HARTLEY ACT AND TAKE CONTROL OF OUR UNIONS WITHOUT GOVERNMENT AND MANAGEMENT INTERFERENCE.

RichardDorrough | 12/20/15

The Central Sates fund is said to be in such bad shape because the UPS was allowed to leave the fund resulting in massive contributions no longer coming into the fund.The NCCMP, who with disgraced politician Robert Andrews of NJ as its lobbyist, is passing laws allowing the Central Sates fund to not pay it pension obligations called the Multi Employer Reform Act. Does anybody find it interesting that the UPS and the NCCMP have the same law firm. Alston and Bird of Washington DC.
Mr. Feinberg this is not just about the Central States fund although it is so large and so many hard working Americans are in danger. This is about people conspiring and defrauding American workers over a long period of time.

RichardDorrough | 12/20/15

:The Witness List Randy DeFehn Executive Director National Coordinating Committee for Multiemployer Plans (NCCMP)
,Mark McManus Sec Treasurer of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters .I am sure the membership has no idea he is behind this and I am sure the membership has no idea they are financing the NCCMP.Steve Sanherr Associated General Contractors of America and NCCMP Rat Andrew Scoggin. AB Acquisition LLCI notice there was no Phyills Borzi at the hearings

RichardDorrough | 12/20/15

Why is it a hearing by The United States House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions on April 29th was not announced until April 27th.I want to know who designated these people to speak for American Retirees … and why the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions is holding special session so they can spew their propaganda

RichardDorrough | 12/20/15

During the time they were supposed to be investigating our fund lost $165 million to Madoff. The Empire Council was seized in Trusteeship. All fund trustees were fired and accused of corruption and breach of fiduciary duty. The Parent Union seated the International Executive board as fund trustees where they remain to this day. The fund trustees were all sued and accused of a number of things including breach and corruption. They were also all let off the hook and they refuse to this day to tell us what deal they made or if they recovered any money at all including the 2 million each Trustee was bonded for. The Parent Union tried to fire the existing fund lawyers and replace them with DeCalro and Shanley the main UBC law firm. A law firm just removed from a case in Central California District Court by Judge James Selna because of “conflict of interest so egresses he could not let it continue”. He went on to declare “he had to remove them to restore the integrity of his court”. The Parent Union the UBC tried to install these lawyers as the only firm on the funds. The Employer Trustees sued the UBC International to stop it and won.
These are the types of things that are going on and have resulted in huge fund losses. The agency, the EBSA, in place to investigate these things are traveling the world with these people directly responsible for the fund losses and refuses to investigate and is presenting them as High Ranking Decision making authorities representing the US Government. Private citizens presented by Borzi as representing and speaking for the US Government.

RichardDorrough | 12/20/15

These are the types of targeted attacks against fund trustees and Officers who wold not play ball. The real fact is the routine audit scared the Fund Chairman and the Fund attorney who had allowed the Training fund to sign leases with automatic Escalator clauses in them Regardless of the market the Fund agreed it would keep paying higher rates.This was an ERISA violation and the fund adviser UBC lawyer John Decarlo was liable.The automatic Escalator clauses were and are revealed in the Linquist audit.
Lindquist LLP
"During the year ended June 30,2013 the council determined that market rates for certain rental space had declined significantly since 2008. Even though market rental rates had declined the council continued to increase the rent paid by the South West Carpenters Training Fund based on escalator clauses in the lease agreements"

These fund of funds and attack on Trustees Fiduciary power many times involved crushing the finances and reputations of Fund trustees and Officers who refused to play ball. Some funds were seized in phony trusteeships. The legitimacy of Hamilton Lane and these fund of funds were questioned by the DOL in 2003 and since then the EBSA has refused to investigate the actions of Unions and their leaders for these losses. We had an investigation into the Empire Carpenters fund in 2009. It went on for two years and they did nothing. After one year we got notice that the Boston Investigator Richard Nunes was splitting our investigation. He was to keep the Pension investigation and he was giving the Health and Welfare to investigator Amy Fried. Three days later Amy Fried went on 6 month Maternity leave. We heard nothing from her for 8 months. One day we got a letter saying they found nothing wrong and were closing our case.

RichardDorrough | 12/20/15

Good God .Allowing these cuts will put almost a half million people in poverty. THAT IS MINUS OF COURSE THE UNION(RATS) LEADERS,DIRTY POLITICIANS(RATS) AND BUSINESS OWNERS(RATS) BEHIND THIS ATTACK AND WAR ON GOOD HARDWORKING AMERICANS.
The group behind this is the NCCMP which is made up of Union International leaders directly responsible for the condition of the funds they claim to want Solutions for and not Bail outs for. Of course the theft of 50-60% from a retirees paycheck is "not a bail out". It is their "solution". The solution which includes the Blatant theft from those whom they have already robbed over and over and over.They have mismanaged funds. Violated their fiduciary duty and conspired to attack ERISA law so they could make high risk investments. The NCCMP has been traveling the world with EBSA Ass. Sec. Borzi since 2006 attending AEIP summits with AEIP and Canada's MEBCO. EBSA Asst.Sec Borzi has been presenting these private citizens High Ranking Decision Making Authorities representing the United States. How is this possible?
Brussels, Paris, Boston, Barcelona and sunny Ft. Lauderdale Florida. The entire time conspiring with these entities to attack ERISA law so they could and did make these high risk investments. They have conspired to take the Fiduciary Power and Duty from Fund Trustees and giving it to fund managers such as Hamilton Lane WITH whom they formed partnerships and created Fund of Funds with. This can be examined in A REVEIW of Union fund diversions into ULLICO a company hemorrhaging money for years and a company who in 2013 had its entire ULLICO Casualty Division Liquidated by the State of Delaware because it was so bad they could not even offer it a recovery program. Individual multi employer funds, such as those in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, that tried to get their money out of ULLICO were each challenged by the Intervention of the General President Douglas McCarron at the request of ULLICO. ULLICO asked him to personally stop them or to give ULICO inside information on these funds so they could get an advantage . He did so. In one case he told a fund a review by the firm of Dunkin and Phelps proclaimed ULLICO Financially sound. He sent a copy of the report which actually said its entire opinion was based on magazine and news articles because ULLICO had failed to provide the company with any documents.IN 2012 ULLICO Separate J was experiencing a mass exodus on investors looking for over $1.3 billio.The Queue as they called it was for $1.3 Billion. This included the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters who actually took them out of MEPTS New Tower and ULLICO Separate J Funds . What a coincidence that Ronald Scheon the fund administrator and many other fund trustees and employees were fired at this time. Also at this time the training fund was advised it would experience a routine audit ..The DOL advised them they were sending letters to everyone because everyone was going to experiences this routine audit and it would be easier if they were ready. This despite testimony by multiple people that this was a routine audit was tuned into a Investigation targeting the Training fund for fraud by a certain Officer. Multiple International Officers such as Mike Draper and Phil Newkirk sent out letters to members retelling this lie. Mike Draper refused to allow the routine audit at both the Trusteeship Hearing and 14 D Trial of a UBC Officer and Declared for the record. "So the training fund is under investigation and it is ongoing". The reply was "NO this was a routine audit and it had not even stared"..

RichardDorrough | 12/20/15

Mr. Feinberg..
IT IS YOU WHO HOLD THE FUTURE OF SOME MANY HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN YOUR HANDS. AND YOU WILL BE ASKED TO REPEAT THIS PROCESS OVER AND OVER. IT WILL BE YOU WHO WILL PUSH THE FIRST DOMINO KNOWING FOR A FACT THAT WHEN YOU DO AND AFTER THE FIRST SO MANY WILL FALL AND FOR SUCH A LONG TIME.DID YOU EVER THINK THAT SOMEDAY IT WOULD BE YOU TO DECIDE WHO IS TO OLD .TO SICK. TO YOUNG.WHAT A CROSS TO BEAR. TO CARRY. LEAVING SUCH SUFFERING IN YOUR WAKE.

HOW DID IT COME TO THIS??

YOU ARE BEING FORCED BY A SMALL GROUP OF EVEN SMALLER MEN WHO HAVE CHOSEN TO WALK A PATH WHERE ONLY MONEY,GREED AND POWER COUNT. SMALL MEN WITH SALARIES SO HIGH THE AMOUNTS ARE ASTOUNDING. DOUBLE AND TRIPLE PENSIONS SO LARGE THEY CAN FEED NOT JUST A FEW BUT ENTIRE FAMILIES .WITH UNION MEETINGS IN MULTIPLE HAWAIIAN LOCATIONS THAT THE WORKERS WHOSE LABOR ARE PAYING FOR THESE TRIPS WILL NEVER SEE IN A LIFE TIME. LM2 UNION FINANCIAL STATEMENTS THAT DECLARE ALL "OFFICERS WILL FLY FIRST CLASS AIRFARE" AS THEY CUT DENTAL, EYE WARE AND HEALTH INSURANCE FOR FAMILY'S AND CHILDREN.UNION LM2 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS THAT DECLARE BESIDES THESE ABSURD WAGES YOU WILL ALSO BUY TEAMSTER PRESIDENT JAMES HOFFA JR AND THE TEAMSTER VP A HOUSE EACH YEAR AS YOU ELIMINATE HEALTH CARE COMPLETELY FOR RETIREES.LM2s THAT SHOW LABORERS INTERNATIONAL PRESIDENT TERRY OSULLIVAN TAKING DISGUSTING AMOUNTS FROM HIS OWN UNION AND WITH HIS NAME ON THE ULLICO LM10 FOR $87,000 IN FEES,GOLF AND ENTERTAINMENT.The ULLICO LM10 THAT IS USUALLY 170-275 PAGES OF PAYOUTS AND KICKBACKS TO UNION OFFICERS..THE FAMOUS DOUG "UNDUE BURDEN ON THE TAXPAYERS" MCCARRON TAKING $545,000 IN WAGES AS HE COLLECTS HIS "TOOLS" PENSION WHILE WORKING.DIRTY DOUG FINANCIALLY AND PERSONALLY DESTROYING UNION MEMBERS WHO TOLD HIM NO TO HIS REQUESTS FOR CORRUPTION AS HE WAS DRIVEN AROUND IN A QUARTER MILLION DOLLAR BULLET PROOF CAR WITH A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF SECURITY PERSONNEL. THIS IS NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES BUT SOME PODUNK NUT SACK UNION OFFICER.
Good God .Allowing these cuts will put almost a half million people in poverty. THAT IS MINUS OF COURSE THE UNION(RATS) LEADERS,DIRTY POLITICIANS(RATS) AND BUSINESS OWNERS(RATS) BEHIND THIS ATTACK AND WAR ON GOOD HARDWORKING AMERICANS.