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What's Happening at MCAA?

Legislative Update

Multiemployer Pension Reform Phase I Completed; Optimism over Phase II

With enactment of The Multiemployer Pension Plan Reform Act of 2014, Phase One of the Solutions Not Bailouts reform initiative is complete. The MCAA and the UA are now beginning the process of explaining the new law's complex provisions. Excellent explanatory material, from the O'Donoghue law firm and the NCCMP, is available below. We thank the UA for making these memoranda available to the MCAA membership.

Phase Two is of our pension reform effort is already being planned as well, as MCAA and the other NCCMP coalition members will now work to dispel the many mischaracterizations of the measure that were leveled in the heat of the legislative battle - chief among them the false claim that the law permits, or even requires wholesale benefits cuts for retirees.

Now that the heat of legislative debate has subsided, responsible press outlets are coming around to a far more balanced assessment of the new law. For example, The Washington Post reports that, "In this mess of a mega-bill, there was one piece of bipartisan farsightedness. Reps. John Kline (R-Minn.) and George Miller (D-Calif.) crafted a provision that should help to ensure the sustainability of large, decreasingly solvent multiemployer/union pension funds that might otherwise fail and confront Congress with a choice between bailing them out or leaving retirees with nothing. The measure, which allows pensions to trim existing benefits, was the least painful options - as several key labor unions that supported it recognized. Looking at the bill as a whole, we'd call this fair and responsible provision the exception that proves the rule."

Our efforts on Phase 2 will begin in early January, with a goal of enacting the remaining, less controversial part of the SNB proposal - the alternate plan design options for trustees and bargaining parties that decide to restructure their plans in different and more sustainable ways.

SAFETY

NFPA Issues Revised Electrical Safety Standard - NFPA 70E - 2015

Need to Brush Up on Your First Aid and CPR Procedures? Safety Directors' Pre-Conference Courses are Available

Start Off 2015 Right - Attend MCAA's 12th Annual Safety Directors' Conference

Next NFPA Safety Training Webinar is Still Open for Registration

MCAA/CNA Offer Two Ways to Gain Recognition for Safety Achievements

LEADERSHIP EDUCATION

ALI Spaces Are Going Fast - Apply Now!

GIVING BACK

Mueller Industries Contributes $100,000 to MCERF

MCERF Thanks Its Contributors

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