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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

This section provides you with information about how the Laborers’ Pension Plan is administered. 

Plan Name

Laborers’ Pension Plan, commonly referred to as the Chicago Laborers’ Pension Plan. 

Plan Sponsor

Board of Trustees of the Laborers’ Pension Fund. 

Plan Administrator

Board of Trustees
Laborers’ Pension Fund
11465 West Cermak Road
Westchester, IL 60154
708-562-0200 

The Board of Trustees has discretionary authority to determine eligibility for benefits and to interpret the provisions of the Plan. Benefits under the Plan will be paid only if the Board of Trustees decides in its discretion that the applicant is entitled to them. The Board of Trustees’ interpretation will be final and binding on all persons dealing with the Plan or claiming a benefit from the Plan. If a decision of the Board of Trustees is challenged in court, it is the intention of the parties that such decision be upheld unless it is determined to be arbitrary or capricious.

 

Board of Trustees 

 

Union Trustees
Employer Trustees
Anthony Cantone
Laborers’ Local Union No. 225
9270 S. Archer Avenue
Willow Springs, IL 60480
Clifton M. Horn
A. Horn, Inc.
125 Harrison Street
Barrington, IL 60010
James P. Connolly
Chicago District Council of Laborers
999 McClintock Drive, Suite 300
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Karen Elin Johnson
Roughneck Concrete Drilling & Sawing Company
8400 Lehigh Avenue
Morton Grove, IL  60053
Paul P. Connolly
Laborers' Local Union No. 4
3841 South Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60609
Robert G. Krug
K-Five Construction Corporation
13769 Main Street
Lemont, IL 60439
Shawn Fitzgerald
Laborers' Local Union No. 152
409 Temple Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035
David H. Lorig
Lorig Construction Company
250 East Touhy Avenue
Des Plaines, IL 60018
Charles LoVerde III
Chicago District Council of Laborers
999 McClintock Drive, Suite 300
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Gary Lundsberg
135 Basswood Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

 
Lewis D Shapiro
Jay Dee Contractors Inc.
6450 N. Schilling Rd.
N. Contractor Staging Area - O'Hare Airport
Chicago, IL 60666

 

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Employer Identification Number (EIN)

36-2514514.

Plan Number

002. 

Plan Year

June 1 through May 31. 

Agent for Service of Legal Process

James S. Jorgensen is the agent for service of legal process. Service may be made on James S. Jorgensen or on any member of the Board of Trustees at:

Laborers’ Pension Fund
11465 West Cermak Road
Westchester, IL 60154 

Collective Bargaining Agreements

This Plan is maintained pursuant to collective bargaining agreements between employers and the Construction and General Laborers’ District Council of Chicago and Vicinity. The Pension Department of the Fund Office will provide you, upon written request, a list of contributing employers or information as to whether a particular employer is contributing to the Plan on behalf of participants working under the collective bargaining agreements. 

Source of Contributions

The benefits described in this booklet are provided through employer contributions. The provisions of the collective bargaining agreements determine the amount of employer contributions and the employees on whose behalf contributions are made. You are not required or permitted to make contributions to the Plan. 

Pension Trust Assets and Reserves

All assets of the Plan are held in trust by the Board of Trustees to provide benefits and to defray reasonable administrative expenses.

Plan Type

This is a defined benefit plan maintained to provide retirement benefits for eligible participants.

Plan Amendment or Termination

The Board of Trustees reserves the right to terminate, modify, suspend, or amend the Pension Plan at any time, in whole or in part. The Board will make such changes to the Plan by amendment adopted at a meeting of the Board of Trustees. You will be notified in writing of any changes that are made. 

If the Plan terminates or ends, the money in the Trust Fund, to the extent possible, will be used to provide the benefits that are due according to the priority required by law and stated in the Plan Document. Generally, the funds would first be used to pay for any administrative expenses and then provide the benefits of retired and active participants. 

Benefits may be paid as soon as the Plan termination has been approved by government agencies, or payment may be deferred to a later time. The Board of Trustees will determine when benefits are to be paid and will obtain government approval, if necessary.

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Benefits at Plan Termination

The Trustees have the right to end this Plan. If there are not enough funds to pay benefits when the Plan ends, the PBGC provides insurance to help pay for most benefits. 
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Guarantee

Your pension benefits under this multiemployer plan are insured by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), a federal insurance agency. A multiemployer plan is a collectively bargained pension arrangement involving two or more unrelated Employers, usually in a common industry. 

Under the multiemployer plan program, the PBGC provides financial assistance through loans to plans that are insolvent. A multiemployer plan is considered insolvent if the plan is unable to pay benefits (at least equal to the PBGC’s guaranteed benefit limit) when due. 

Law sets the maximum benefit that the PBGC guarantees. Under the multiemployer program, the PBGC guarantee equals a participant’s years of service multiplied by (1) 100% of the first $11 of the monthly benefit accrual rate and (2) 75% of the next $33. The PBGC’s maximum guarantee limit is $35.75 per month times a participant’s years of service. For example, the maximum annual guarantee for a retiree with 30 years of service would be $12,870 (30 years x $35.75 per month x 12 months). 

The PBGC guarantee generally covers:

The PBGC guarantee generally does not cover:

For more information about the PBGC and the benefits that it guarantees, ask your Plan Administrator or contact: 

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Technical Assistance Division
1200 K Street N.W., Suite 930
Washington, D.C. 20005-4026 

You may also call the PBGC at 202-326-4000 (not a toll-free number). TTY/TDD users may call the federal relay service toll-free at 800-877-8339 and ask to be connected to 202-326-4000. Additional information about the PBGC’s pension insurance program is available through the PBGC’s web site at www.pbgc.gov.

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ERISA Rights

As a participant in the Plan, you are entitled to certain rights and protections under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). ERISA provides that all Plan participants are entitled to certain rights, as outlined in the following information. 

ERISA gives you rights to
  • Receive copies of Plan information;
  • Receive a statement telling you whether you have the right to a pension and the amount of the pension; and
  • Bring a lawsuit to enforce your rights.
The information in this section gives you more details about those rights.

Receive Information About Your Plan and Benefits

You have the right to:

Remember that the Plan provides you with an annual benefit statement, which may be useful in helping you plan for retirement. When you receive your annual benefit statement will be determined by the last number of your Social Security Number, as described on Preparing For Retirement section. 

Prudent Actions by Plan Fiduciaries

In addition to creating rights for Plan participants, ERISA imposes duties upon the people who are responsible for the operation of a plan. The people who operate your Plan, called fiduciaries of the Plan, have a duty to do so prudently and in the interest of you and other Plan participants and beneficiaries. No one, including your Employer, your Union, or any other person, may fire you or otherwise discriminate against you in any way to prevent you from obtaining a pension benefit or exercising your rights under ERISA. 

Enforce Your Rights

If your claim for a pension benefit is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you have a right to know why this was done, to obtain copies of documents relating to the decision (without charge), and to appeal any denial, all within certain time schedules. 

Under ERISA, there are steps you can take to enforce the above rights. For instance, if you request a copy of the Plan Documents or the latest annual report from the Plan and do not receive them within 30 days, you may file suit in a federal court. In such a case, the court may require the Plan Administrator to provide the materials and pay you up to $110 a day until you receive the materials, unless the materials were not sent because of reasons beyond the control of the Plan Administrator. 

If you have a claim for benefits that is denied or ignored, in whole or in part, you may file suit in a state or federal court. However, you may not begin any legal action, including proceedings before administrative agencies, until you have followed and exhausted the Plan’s claims and appeals procedures. In addition, if you disagree with the Plan’s decision or lack thereof concerning the qualified status of a domestic relations order, you may file suit in federal court. If it should happen that Plan fiduciaries misuse the Plan’s money, or if you are discriminated against for asserting your rights, you may seek assistance from the U.S. Department of Labor, or you may file suit in a federal court. The court will decide who should pay court costs and legal fees. If you are successful, the court may order the person you have sued to pay these costs and fees. If you lose, the court may order you to pay these costs and fees, for example, if it finds your claim is frivolous. 

Assistance with Your Questions

If you have any questions about your Plan, you should contact the Plan Administrator. If you have any questions about this statement or about your rights under ERISA, or if you need assistance in obtaining documents from the Plan Administrator, you should contact the nearest office of the EBSA, U.S. Department of Labor, listed in your telephone directory or: 

Nearest Regional Office

Chicago Regional Office
Employee Benefits Security Administration
200 West Adams Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60606
312-353-0900 

National Office

Division of Technical Assistance and Inquiries
Employee Benefits Security Administration
200 Constitution Avenue N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20210
866-444-3272 

For more information about your rights and responsibilities under ERISA, visit www.dol.gov/ebsa.

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