Tell Congress to Protect Your Pension Benefits
In February 2018, Congress established a bipartisan Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. This Committee is tasked with producing legislation by November 30, 2018 to address the dire solvency issues facing over 100 multiemployer pension funds across the US, such as the American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund (AFM-EPF).
The Joint Select Committee is made up of eight Senators and eight Representatives, with equal numbers of Democrats and Republicans. If a majority of Democrats and a majority of Republicans on the Joint Select Committee agree on a solution, the bill is guaranteed expedited consideration in the US Senate.
This Joint Select Committee represents the best chance yet to pass legislation that helps our Fund and protects your benefits and retirement security. The Trustees (as well as the AFM and Fund employers) are advocating to members of this Committee—asking that they move with urgency to produce a bipartisan solution that treats our participants fairly.
Now Congress needs to hear directly from you.
The voices of our 50,000 participants and those of other funds facing insolvency will be crucial in persuading members of the Joint Select Committee to act this year to produce and pass legislation that fully and fairly solves this crisis.
You can use the information below to:
- Identify your Members of Congress
- Plan what to say
- Call your Members of Congress
- Email your Members of Congress and the Joint Select Committee
The members of the Joint Select Committee are as follows:
Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
Orrin Hatch (R-UT)
Joe Manchin (D-WV)
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND)
Rob Portman (R-OH)
Tina Smith (D-MN)
Mike Crapo (R-ID)
Richard Neal (D-MA)
Virginia Foxx (R-NC)
Bobby Scott (D-VA)
Vern Buchanan (R-FL)
Donald Norcross (D-NJ)
Phil Roe (R-TN)
Identify Your Members of Congress
Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
Dave Schweikert (R-AZ)
Our goal is to influence the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans, but your own Members of Congress
will be most responsive to you, their voters, and they can be very persuasive with their colleagues serving on the Joint Select Committee.
and enter your address to find your Members of Congress.
Plan What to Say
Whether you are calling or emailing your Members of Congress, you will first need to tell them where you live (so that they know you are a constituent) and why you're reaching out. For example:
After that, the most important thing is to tell your own story.
- My name is _____ and I live in [City, State].
- I am one of 50,000 participants in the American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund.
- I want [Senator/Representative _____] to support the work of the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans.
- Congress must pass a solution now to protect my pension security by restoring the health of my Fund and the more than 100 multiemployer pension funds across the nation facing insolvency.
- Any solution must not only help pension funds that are in "critical and declining" status now. It must also leave room for pension funds like mine that may end up there in the future.
- Please don't support a solution that would do harm to my Pension Fund. That includes increasing PBGC premiums or mandating changes to the multiemployer discount rate.
If the AFM-EPF ran out of money to pay benefits, how would that affect your retirement security and quality of life?
Be polite, but make sure they understand that this issue is important to you, and that it will most definitely play a large role in how you vote in future elections.
Call your Members of Congress
Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and follow the prompts to reach the offices of your Members of Congress. You will either reach a staff member or be asked to leave a voicemail.
Email your Members of Congress and the Joint Select Committee
Use the button below to send an email to your Members of Congress. When you're done, a new form will open allowing you to send an email to the Joint Select Committee. The forms contain suggested text, but it is important that you tell your own story.