Lobbying to Protect Pensions

The Wisconsin-Green Bay Committee to Protect Pensions discussed their efforts to influence policy makers in Washington D.C.

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ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) – A local group of Teamsters gathered on a Sunday morning to discuss the latest legislature in Washington that is having an impact on their pension funds.

It included a new effort to lobby politicians to protect those funds.

The first item on the meeting agenda was explaining the recent change in the classification of the organization. The Wisconsin-Green Bay Committee to Protect Pensions is one of 64 local committees across 37 states that united as a national non-profit organization.

Committee member Terry Black explains, “We said we needed to nationalize our efforts, that all the committees are working together, and it is one louder stronger voice, when we get to Washington”.

Although the status of the organization has changed, the focus remains the same, as fellow committee member Brad Vaughn adds, “getting some more national support, more congressmen, senators on board with us, to help us in our fight to protect pensions”.

One main topic of the meeting Sunday was the upcoming election and the impact it will have on both the local and national level.

Vaughn says “it’s very critical for us, you know, we need all the support we can get from the politicians and stuff, so we have to wait till the dust settles here after the election and see who we have left yet on our side that going to work with us, and help us get a fix for this, so we don’t have to keep going through this year after year after year.”

The committee stopped short of making an official endorsement of any one candidate but instead urged members to vote their conscience. Black says “there’s no congressman or senator out there that’s going to be perfect, but we hope we can find the ones with a majority of the interests that help us”.