February 13, 2016
By LIUNA President Terry O’Sullivan
Washington, DC – The President’s proposed fivefold tax increase on pensions is a raid on the retirement security of working class Americans. The tax will cost LIUNA's multiemployer pension funds millions of dollars every single year.
LIUNA has been adamant in our opposition to past efforts to raise Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premiums – opposing efforts in 2014 to increase premiums from $13 to $26. This misguided and egregious proposed increase will divert money to a failing entity-the PBGC, which appears to be doomed in any event.
The President’s plan is ill conceived and will destabilize a pension plan system which has helped Americans retire in dignity, rather than poverty for decades.
Combined with the 40 percent health benefits tax or so-called “Cadillac Tax,” which could financially cripple many health care plans, it is hard to escape the conclusion that the President’s aim is to dismantle the health care and retirement security of middle class workers that was created by the American labor movement.