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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

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The problem lies with the fact that the Unions spent a lot of their members money by giving it to politicians for their own personal gain. Now the members who paid are not getting paid! No one should be required to join a union. That should be a choice and the dues should only be used for the members. Unions unite with the corrupt elite Washington scum!

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I'm not an expert, but I'm 99% sure the retirement plans in effect when you were hired are the criteria used. Have you complained to the union yet? They work for you.

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Talk to your union and if that doesn't work, talk to a lawyer. But note, you might have to wait. If the rules changed, then you may not have a choice.

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