Tell Congress to Protect Your Pension Benefits
In February 2018, Congress established a bipartisan Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. This Committee was tasked with producing legislation by November 30, 2018 to address the dire solvency issues faced by over 120 multiemployer pension funds across the US, including the American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund (AFM-EPF).
Unfortunately, the Joint Select Committee was unable to reach a bipartisan agreement on a legislative solution by its deadline. Even though the Joint Select Committee has ended, Congressional leaders are working to produce a solution that can pass both houses of Congress and be signed into law by the President.
The Trustees (as well as AFM and Fund employers) will continue advocating to Members of Congress that they move with urgency to produce a bipartisan solution that fully solves this crisis and treats our participants fairly. (For more information about the Trustees' efforts to secure a legislative solution, see the "Federal Legislation" section of our FAQ page
In July 2019, the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 397, the "Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act." Also known as the "Butch Lewis Act," this bill would provide low-interest government loans to struggling multiemployer plans, including the AFM-EPF. If necessary, these loans can be coupled with additional financial assistance from the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The bill would provide a multiemployer fund with enough money to pay current retirees and beneficiaries their benefits for life, also allowing the fund to grow back to stronger financial footing. The Butch Lewis Act (S2254) has been reintroduced in the Senate, where it must be considered next.
Members of Congress must hear directly from you.
The voices of our 50,000 participants, and those of other funds facing insolvency, will be vital in persuading Congress to produce and pass legislation this year that fully and fairly solves the crisis.
You can use the information below to:
Identify Your Members of Congress
- Identify your Members of Congress
- Plan what to say
- Call your Members of Congress
- Email your Members of Congress
and enter your address to find your Members of Congress.
Plan What to Say
Whether you are calling or emailing your Members of Congress, you will first need to tell them where you live (so that they know you are a constituent) and why you're reaching out. For example:
Remember, the most important thing is to tell your own story.
- My name is _____ and I live in [City, State].
- I am one of 50,000 participants in the American Federation of Musicians and Employers' Pension Fund. My Pension Fund is in "critical and declining" status and is projected to run out of money to pay our benefits. Because of that, the Pension Fund will apply to reduce our benefits under the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act.
- We need Congress to take action now to protect our retirement security. HR 397, the "Rehabilitation for Multiemployer Pensions Act," and S2254, the "Butch Lewis Act," provide a solution that would do just that.
- It is vital that the House and Senate agree this year on a bipartisan solution that restores the health of my Fund and the more than 120 other multiemployer pension funds across the nation facing insolvency.
Be polite, but make sure they understand that this issue is important to you, and that it will most definitely play a large role in how you vote in future elections.
Call your Members of Congress
Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and follow the prompts to reach the offices of your Members of Congress. You will either reach a staff member or be asked to leave a voicemail.
Email your Members of Congress
Use the button below to send an email to your Members of Congress. The forms contain suggested text, but it is important that you tell your own story.