After being disabled how can I get my union pension that I payed into for 35 years?
I have been a member of L. U. #43 Plumbers and steamfitter for 35 years and due to back injuries and degenerative spine in lower back I was forced by the pain to apply for my disability and Due to the shape my back was in shown by the m.r.i. reports I am unable to do the work that my occupation requires me to do. After granting of disability by S.S.I. I applied to get my pension and was told they no longer have a retirement option for you for disabled workers . This was changed in 2005 and this is my money that I worked for 35 years to have a descent retirement and now I am told I must survive for two years on disability alone and lose all I have worked and payed for and then in two years still lose 18% off my full pension. this is a heart wrenching thing to swallow after 35 years