270,000 truckers told their pensions will be cut up to 60%

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KANSAS CITY, MO  Retired union workers facing large pension cuts gathered to voice their anger at those cuts Tuesday.

Representative Emanuel Cleaver conducted the town hall meeting.

According to Cleaver, more than 270,000 people from across several states, including Missouri, who have vested millions of dollars into their pension funds, have been told their benefits from the Central States Pension Fund would be drastically cut, some as much as by 60 percent.

They’re people like Jack and Sally Ruffin. The couple retired after more than 30 years each working for a trucking company.

For decades, the Ruffins belonged to the Teamsters, a union that paid into a multicompany pension plan through Central States.

A few months ago, Sally Ruffin received a letter telling her the monthly checks would be much smaller, cut from $3,300 to $1,650.

The cuts to her husband’s pension go even deeper.

“I’m getting a 50 percent cut. My husband’s getting almost a 60 percent cut,” Sally Ruffin shared.

The couple lives modestly in Weatherby Lake, MO. Now, they’re not sure how they’re going to pay the bills like their mortgage payment.

“We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Sally Ruffin said.

Cleaver has joined the fight against the cuts.

“We’re not talking about some welfare situation. These people have worked hard all of their lives to earn this money,” Cleaver said.

The cuts are the result of the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act, which allows the pension company to ask the U.S. Treasury for permission to cut payments to remain solvent.

“If they do this with us, there’s other pension companies just watching us to be cut,” Jack Ruffin commented.

The Ruffins are taking this hard. In fact, an anxiety attacked landed Sally Ruffin in the emergency room after she learned that money she’d spent a lifetime earning would soon be gone.

“We just want to be solvent, just to enjoy our life and not have to worry all the time,” she said.

Pensioners will have the chance to vote on whether to accept the proposed cuts. The Treasury Department says if someone doesn’t vote, or can’t vote, the ballot counts in favor of the cuts. Ballots should be mailed out to all union members, past and present.

FOX10 News | WALA

  • John Conner

    This is criminal, this should tell people to never be a part of a retirement program, buy gold as I did and have done very very well, I have been a gold buyer for 35+ years and hold it all myself it can never be robbed by govt. or companies, do not trust these people they WILL rip you off..the bale in are coming for your savings so if you have it get it out NOW or you will loose it, this govt. is thief’s they will steal all you hard earned money.

  • twinkiedooter

    OMG these two idiots act like they don’t collect Social Security Retirement ON TOP of their pension amounts. I guess they won’t be buying another Mercedes in a hurry. Just HOW much is their mortgage I wonder? just HOW big is their home as well? Sorry I don’t feel sorry for them…..as it is most people ONLY get SSR to live on….not SSR and a cushy pension times two. These two greedtards need to stop squandering their money and live within their means….probably spends it on lavish vacations or motorhomes to vacation in or spend on grandchildren.

    • Sameold

      You do realize that the workers pay in to Social security and pension. Greedy? Why because they want the money the earned. Many pension funds are in trouble because wall street was allowed to steal billion, maybe trillions from hard working people. The sold mortgages to people who could not afford them, collected fees. Repackaged the criminally as grade A investments and sold them to pension funds, 401K’s, annuities, etc.

      You sound like you are full of envy and jealousy. Looking up people address so you can wrongly attack them. Wow you need a hobby.

      • AussieObserver

        He has a hobby. It’s called shit-stirring! Just another useless eater!

        • twinkiedooter

          Thank you my friend. Sameold is off his meds again no doubt.

      • twinkiedooter

        Just because someone put money into a union fund does not mean they have ANY right to get it out. How many pensions have gone tits up? Lots. No one held a gun to their head to pay into these pension funds for years and years. They did it all by their lonesome. Full of envy….nope. Jealousy…..nope. And I can look up anyone I please on the internet it’s public record available to anyone who wishes to look at it….it’s something most people don’t have enough brains to do….like you my friend. Those people live in a home 1/2 block from a resort lake in Missouri where even a vacant lot goes for $33K. And a 1,700 sq ft home is NOT $75K in this lifetime in that neighborhood. I’ve lived in Missouri and I can tell you that either you live in a real dump or you live in a ritzy house…..and nowhere in between.

        And yes, I am aware of the SSR pension money and how it’s collected. A working person is supposed to get this money every month when they retire….BUT BUT there is NO guarantee that money won’t dry up also the way the SSR fund has been misused over the decades and dipped into….. then who are you going to sue? The govt? That’s a laugh. This year is the second time that there has been no COLA raise in SSR payments. The first time was only a few short years ago.

        All unions are are nothing but coffin liners for the union bosses. The men who run the unions are 100% crooked fleecing the members of money every month to have a job where they supposedly get paid more…yeah, they are paid more so they have the extra money to pay their union dues with….not take the money home and spend. Makes no sense to keep paying out year in and year out into WHAT….a plan that you HOPE will pay you when you retire? They would have done better to flush their money down the toilet. And if they were supposedly robbed of this pension money….let them sue and see how many people don’t go to jail. How many people were wiped out in 2008-2009? A hellava lot. My friend declared bankruptcy when GE Financial decided not to loan money and took back all the model homes he had on his Manufacturered Housing Dealership lot. The hundreds of people who built those homes were laid off too. Life does not come with any guarantee the last time I looked at the instruction book.

        • Zaphod Braden

          DAVOS ………… the Billionaire’s UNION MEETING …………………. while the “Freedom to Work” JUDAS ISCARIOTS have been undermining the Worker’s organizations,the BILLIONAIRES have become ever MORE organized. From the Council on Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderbergers,DAVOS …………..they have tightened the noose around the neck of the Working Man.
          1) Doctors have UNIONS, one is the American Medical Association.
          2) Lawyers have UNIONS, one is the American Bar Association.
          3) ALL Professions have UNIONS …… they have Trade Associations, They have Trade Publications
          Fraternities, Country Club Memberships ………….
          P.S. YOU pay for THEIR Union Dues &Meetings.
          The longer it is allowed to continue, the fewer options remain. There has been a 30 year long, systematic campaign by the wealthy to progressively disempower the lower classes in the US.

          • twinkiedooter

            Yes, and they have been doing a damn good job of taking ALL the money and skipping town.

    • freddifish

      WTF! DO you live in a communist country by chance?

      • twinkiedooter

        No, but you must live in lala land or a communist country.

        • ScroodeMcDuck

          Now they will be forced to collect SS which is all their money also. You socialist communist types just cant stand to see anyone get ahead by themselves to remain independent of the government Tyrants ! twinkiedoodoo you have much to learn and by the looks of it you will learn the hard way only !

    • enzomedici

      They paid into their pensions retard and now they are getting screwed. They should rise up revolt.

  • twinkiedooter

    Just looked the Ruffins up in Missouri. They aren’t doing too bad. Their home is 1,700 sq ft with a 2 car garage under the home and the homes in their zip code average around $382,000 and they supposedly live MODESTLY? Modestly in Missouri is a small home that costs around $50K or $75K or less.. For Missouri standards these idiots live like kings and queens. Missouri is a VERY poor state and you are LUCKY to even have a job let alone a home 1/2 block from a lake. Modest my ass. These people make my ass hurt. Whiney greedy assholes

    • TiredOfWhineyPeople

      Sounds like someone didn’t plan for their retirement and is more than a bit jealous that some people can actually plan and have a very enjoyable retirement.
      How and where they live doesn’t matter one damn bit… what matters is they are being robbed.
      You also may want to recheck your info on the average house price in their zip code as I found it to be right in the average you supplied not the 380k you assumed.
      You are the one coming across as the whiney greedy asshole here my friend.

      • twinkiedooter

        Look up home prices according to Zillow.

      • twinkiedooter

        You did not look at the homes in the Weatherby Lake area… this is not a cheap place to live. There is also a photo of their home online as well….do I have to post a link to their home for you? Most folks in Missouri are out and out liars. Lived there and know the people lie like hell. God forbid anyone knows what their home is worth….but they live modestly (?) on more than $5K a month from just that one pension alone not including their SSR pension? Hell at that rate they make more in a month than most of the people in Missouri make in a year. And now they have to “scrape by” on more money than the AVERAGE person in Missouri takes home in a month. What planet are you and these people on anyway? Being robbed of what I ask? A very poor investment perhaps? Not everybody is a winner in the 401K or pension fund lottery.

  • Zaphod Braden

    Don’t get mad ……………..

    • yep

      get even

  • HWR

    Thanks Jews!

    • freewheelinfranklin543

      An obvious troll attempting to poison the well and equate working class and middle class folks with Nazi’s.
      Sorry,it wont work anymore. Classic divide and conquer tactics.

      • HWR

        Who was it that committed the mortgage backed securities fraud that had securities created with sub prime borrowers that were rated AAA by the rating agencies so that pension funds could buy them that is destroying them now?

        Gee, I wonder who they could have been? Hmm…?

        • D Urge

          Da Joos!!!

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      • Thomson

        You are a Dumb Fucker! You are also the PROBLEM in the World.. It is the Fucking JEWS Ripping off the World..
        FYI: The Nazi’s were JEWS Ass Hole.. Ashkenazi Jews… Ashke”NAZI” Learn Truth!

        • freewheelinfranklin543

          You moron we have been at this for over 50 years. Did you know that Hitler’s father was a Rothschild bastard!You are an obvious Israeli sayanim troll in NAZI disguise. Did you know that the NAZI party was a Trotskyite party. Gee! Wonder what ethnicity he was!

  • yep

    blame the jews on this one, they stole your pensions,

  • rejco


  • earl tenembalm

    Entirely unnecessary and WRONG!!


    We had better force a change or our “leaders” will destroy everything!

  • Mick McNulty

    Without truckers there is nothing in the shops, there is no economy. And now bankers and politicians are robbing their pensions at penpoint? Roll on street justice to the bankers and to the politicians who take their bribes.

  • DebL.

    Ballots will sent through the mail, huh? And if they don’t get a ballot in the mail, it counts as “pro-cuts”…what are the odds that only one in three gets a ballot in their mail? When the ballot could have been downloaded, printed out, filled out with a (presumably) “no cuts” vote, then mailed or e-mailed back with an e-signature? And I wanted to be a trucker back in the 70s when few women were truckers…

  • prinzowhales

    They were members of one of the ‘I’ve got mine, screw you’-unions that served themselves and forgot all about the rest of working America…with the full support of a Union leadership that has betrayed ALL working Americans for over half a century. Now, the Corporatists have come for them and they are being shocked out of their complacency.

    They, perhaps for the first time in their lives, are seeing and feeling what many Americans have known virtually since the crib–America and its government serve the banks and War Street and expect everyone else to be mindless cyphers without rights…without even the expectation that contracts and promises will be honored.

    These people voted for and supported these Bankers and THEIR Regime, with their blood, their taxes, their work and their patriotism and now they are–like the Vets–being kicked to the curb by the liars, scum and thieves who promised them the moon and left them in the gutter, raped and robbed by the War Street and Banker gangsters. Let’s see if they’ve the intelligence and the guts to finally see through the lies of the Capitalist State and help savage this parasitical Establishment…

  • Count de Mony

    No one can be trusted with your money, no one !
    Least of all your thieving Gubbermints.
    I hope this becoming clear to the world’s sheep.
    Take control or get shafted
    Buy gold and do it quick!

  • Jake Frizzell

    I’m a participant in the IAMAW pension plan for many years with retirement still years away. Even though our plan always receives top ratings I continue to watch my projected benefits decline. Even though our plan is supposed to be in way better shape than the Teamsters Central States I often wonder if it will even be there when I retire in 2024.

  • George_Costanza

    “I’ll gladly pay you tomorrow, for the hamburgers that I eat today.”

    How about, you get paid what your worth, today. That way you get to decide if you want to save for your future, or blow it all today.
    If you want to make a retirement system, one that avoids the terrible effects of inflation, here is how you do it:
    When you are working, you take 1/3 of your paycheck, and that goes to former employees. Now when you cease working, say after 25 years of working [realistically you take a part-time job], you then receive that 1/3 of that other person’s salary-who elects to participate.

    If you choose to go the annuity route, as they have done, then you are subject to the whims of the marketplace, as to the return on your contribution.

  • Becky Strohl

    The last action of a dying empire is to loot it’s people of their money. Just saying.

  • Samuel DoGood

    This is exactly what it takes to wake up the Sheeple. As long as Jane and John Doe are living comfortably in their bubbles, watching FAUX News in their living room, they will simply go along to get along. “I got mine, go get yours,” they say as they flip between the channels on their jumbo sized flat screen TV.

    Now, the wolf is at the door. Mr. and Mrs. Doe are getting raped and plundered.

    What the so-called conspiracy theorists have been warning against for years, such as underfunded pensions, are now becoming reality, and the unbelieving Sheeple are waking up the hard way.

    Sorry to say it, but anyone who has been awake saw this stuff coming years ago.

  • Thomson

    The JEWS are Destroying America, they ARE behind everything of Rot & Decay in the World!
    Teamsters, Them Politicos you Voted for Just voted to give Israel $50 BILLION Dollars,,, American Tax Payers give Israel over $8.5 Million everyday… Obama & the Republicans just gave Israel a $1 BILLION Dollar handout Raise! Wake The Fuck Up!

  • 1PissedAmerican

    But the ones running the unions get double and tripe pensions..

  • telena helotova

    three thousand dollars for retiring from a desk job is excessive.i know people in higher risk work who did 25 years and get 1299..00 no health insuranc.

  • telena helotova

    the fund didnt make the interests they projected when they proposed it to the teamsters.