WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) announced today that it has approved the supplemented application submitted to the Special Financial Assistance (SFA) Program by the Western Pennsylvania Teamsters and Employers Pension Plan (Western Pennsylvania Teamsters Plan). The plan, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, covers 21,110 participants in the transportation industry.
Plans that applied for and received SFA under the interim final SFA rule issued in July 2021 are permitted to supplement their applications under the provisions of the final SFA rule issued in July 2022. The Western Pennsylvania Teamsters Plan will receive about $279.6 million in supplemented SFA, which is in addition to $715 million in SFA approved for the plan in July 2022 under the interim final rule. SFA will better ensure that the plan can continue to pay retirement benefits without reduction for many years into the future.
"For decades, many Americans have worked toward the promise of a well-earned retirement after a lifetime of hard work,” said Acting Secretary of Labor Julie Su. “Thanks to President Biden’s historic investment in America’s workers and retirees, these workers will get the full benefits they have earned, allowing them to retire with the dignity they deserve.”
About the Special Financial Assistance Program
The SFA Program was enacted as part of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021. The program provides funding to severely underfunded multiemployer pension plans and will ensure that millions of America’s workers, retirees, and their families receive the pension benefits they earned.
The SFA Program requires plans to demonstrate eligibility for SFA and to calculate the amount of assistance pursuant to ARP and PBGC’s regulations. SFA and earnings thereon must be segregated from other plan assets and may be used only to pay plan benefits and administrative expenses. Plans are not obligated to repay SFA to PBGC. Plans receiving SFA are also subject to certain terms, conditions and reporting requirements, including an annual statement documenting compliance with the terms and conditions. PBGC is authorized to conduct periodic audits of multiemployer plans that receive SFA.
As of July 11, 2023, PBGC has approved over $51 billion in SFA to plans that cover over 712,000 workers, retirees, and beneficiaries.
The SFA Program operates under a final rule, published in the Federal Register on July 8, 2022, which became effective August 8, 2022, and was amended effective January 26, 2023.