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Special Edition -
April 7, 2004
Special Action Alert to
The U.S. Senate could
vote as early as today, Wednesday, April 7 on a bill that is critical to the
stability of airline pension plans. The House passed the Pension Stability
Act (H.R. 3108) by a 336-69 margin. Senate opponents threaten to derail
final passage, which could jeopardize retirement plans for
tens of thousands of IAM members.
Click here to send a special "Action Alert" message to tell your
senators to "Protect Airline Workers Pensions."
The Senate may vote on this bill today!
"It is critical that this legislation be enacted prior to April 15," said IP
Tom Buffenbarger and ALPA President Duane Woerth in a letter to
legislators urging support for the terms worked out in a bipartisan
House/Senate conference committee. "The survival of the pension plans of
over 100,000 airline workers and millions of other American workers covered
by 31,000 single employer pension plans depend on your prompt and favorable
The legislation is designed to help bankrupt and near-bankrupt airlines
continue making their required pension payments as they struggle to overcome
the unprecedented stock market declines that drained normal pension
reserves. The two-year relief measure is not a bailout and retired workers'
pension amounts are not affected. By contrast, pension plans for airline
workers face an increased risk of termination if the measure fails to pass.
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