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Jan 12, 2009

    On December 23rd, the President signed into law HR 7327, the Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act of 2008. The House passed the legislation by voice vote, and the Senate by unanimous consent. The bill provides much needed short-term relief for multi-employer defined benefit plans that have been hit hard by this year's stock market decline. If the bill did not pass, many defined benefit plans would be required to meet funding levels that were enacted in the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The plans would have been further crippled, and more layoffs in various industries with multi-employer plans would have resulted, as companies tried to meet funding targets.

   The bill includes some key provisions that the Teamsters supported. For plan years starting between October 1st, 2008 and October 1st, 2009, multi-employer plans will be able to freeze their current funding certification for one year based on the previous year's level. Also, the current funding improvement or rehabilitation period for multi-employer plans that have improvement and rehabilitation plans in place in 2008 and 2009 will be extended for three years.

Jan 09, 2009

   On November 19th, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued its final rule on hours of service for commercial truck drivers, maintaining the 11 hours driving time and 34 hour restart provisions. These provisions would allow drivers to be on the road for 11 rather than 10 consecutive hours and to restart their weekly duty after only 34 consecutive hours off, adding up to 17 hours more each week that a driver could work and increasing the chances of fatigue related accidents. These provisions are the same ones that have been thrown out twice before by the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, once in 2004 and again in July 2007. However, the 2007 court ruling's effective date was continually delayed, and on January 23, 2008, the court declined to enforce its' own order to strike these provisions.

   FMCSA's rule is set to take effect on January 19, 2009. The Teamsters, along with Public Citizen and Advocates for Highway Safety, have filed a petition for the reconsideration of this rule.

 (IBT Legislative Update)

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