Starting August 9, 2021, fully vaccinated participants who cannot be assisted via telephone or video conferencing can make appointments at a WCTPT Administrative Office. Participants without an appointment may be asked to return on a later date due to health protocols, space limitations, and personnel availability. Please go to the bottom of this page for the numbers to call to schedule an appointment.
Important News – Read More below!
33% Pension Bonus Granted for Service in Years 2021 – 2023!
We are Still a Green Zone Plan!
Personal Benefit Statements for 2020 hours to be mailed in late May.
The Western Conference of Teamsters (WCT) Pension Plan was established in 1955 through collective bargaining between labor and management. Today your Plan is the largest area-wide multiemployer pension plan in the United States. It covers 223,000 active participants through pension agreements negotiated by local unions with more than 1,400 employers nationwide. Find answers to common questions about the WCT Pension Plan for prospective participants and employers.
NEW 33% Pension Bonus Granted for Service in Years 2021 – 2023
The Trustees have granted a special three-year 33% pension bonus under the Plan’s contribution account benefit formula for each of the years 2021, 2022, and 2023, increasing the benefit percentage from 1.2% to 1.6% of contributions for those three years. Therefore, Plan participants will earn a higher pension for every hour of covered work for 2021, 2022, and 2023. This is on top of the 25% pension bonus granted for covered work in 2020 at the accrual rate of 1.5% of contributions. The Trustees were pleased to grant this additional bonus in light of the Plan’s continued funding improvements and accelerated path toward its funding targets.
- Click here to see the specific benefit percentages that apply to each year of covered employment from 1987 forward.
- Click here to see the Buying Power of Bonus Accruals for work in 2021 – 2023 using a comparison of 1.2% vs. 1.6% for common contribution rates.
- Click here to see the Cover Letter from the Trust Co-Chairmen reflecting on the past year and introducing the package of information sent to all Plan members in April 2021, including recent Plan improvements.
This Actuarial Certification with Explanation and 2021 Funding Certification (required by the Pension Protection Act) states that the WCT Pension Plan remains in the "green zone" for 2021.
NEW Letters from the Trust Chairmen
In a letter to Participating Local Unions dated April 15, 2021, the Union Chairman shares that despite the volatile effects of COVID-19 on the investment markets, the Plan continues in the Green Zone, the Trustees adopted a 33% accrual rate increase from 1.2% to 1.6% for hours worked in 2021, 2022, and 2023, and several significant legislative successes of 2020 have strengthened the multiemployer defined benefit universe.
In a letter to Contributing Employers dated May 10, 2021, the Employer Chairman reports that even with unprecedented challenges of COVID-19 pandemic, the Plan had an excellent year in 2020, as Plan funding levels continued to improve, the Trustees adopted benefit improvements, and the Plan is positioned very well for the future.
Personal Benefit Statements are mailed in late May to the homes of participants who worked 250 or more covered hours in the previous year and have a current address on file. If you do not receive one, contact your Administrative Office and verify your mailing address. Click here to see a sample statement.
A new actuarial study commissioned by the largest multiemployer plan in the country, the Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan, found that the GROW Act would harm workers, retirees, and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC). Read the full press release.
Now retirees and beneficiaries can log in to their WCT Prudential accounts for 24-hour access to benefit payments. At this site, they can update direct deposit and tax elections, view and print tax documents and more.
UPDATED IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT COVID-19
It has been deemed safe to open our local union offices and WCTPT Administrative Offices to Participants who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 on an appointment-only basis starting August 9, 2021. To schedule an in-person appointment, please call 866.648.6878 for Pasadena; 800.845.4162 for Brisbane; or 800.531.1489 for Seattle. All Participants can continue to receive assistance via telephone or video conferencing by calling 1.800.531.1489. You can monitor this site for news on reopening dates for all Participants when they are established.