Looking for your old pension?
About once a month, we receive a call from a former printing industry worker looking for the administrator of their old pension plan. Typically in these situations the company has moved, changed names, or possibly gone out of business. If you were unionized it is possible the union has moved or changes names as well. However, you must realize that all of these plans have "vesting requirements" that you must have satisfied during employment in order to receive benefits.
Tips for Searches
If you think you might be eligible for a company-sponsored traditional "defined-benefit" pension plans (not a 401(k) plan), you need to determine if the company is still in business and where the corporate office is. Due to merger and acquisition activity in recent years, this can be a challenge. Newspaper archives at local public libraries are often your best resource to determine the current name of the company and their location. Internet searches may also help as well.
If the company went out of business it is possible that the federal government took over the pension plan and is still holding benefits for you. See http://www.pbgc.gov/.
If you were a union member, it is possible that there is a union pension plan that is still holding benefits for you. The union pension plan could have been a national or local plan. In the printing industry, there are five national union pension plans that exist today. They are the following:
GCC/IBT National Pension Fund
Formerly Supplemental Retirement and Disability Fund (SRDF) and unofficially called the "Litho Fund"
455 Kehoe Blvd., Suite 101
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 871-7733
Fax: (630) 871-0666
E-mail: info [at] gccibt-npf.org
GCIU Employer Retirement Fund
Formerly IP&GCU Employer Retirement Fund) unofficially called the "West Coast Fund"
13191 Crossroads Parkway N., #205
City of Industry, CA 91746-3434
Phone: (800) 322-1489
Fax: (562) 463-5993
GCIU Inter-Local Pension Fund
455 Kehoe Blvd., Suite 100
Carol Stream, IL 60188
Phone: (630) 752-8400
Fax: (630) 752-8490
E-mail: info [at] ilpfgciu.org
Graphic Arts Industry Joint Pension Trust
Unofficially called the "Bookbinders Fund"
25 Louisiana Ave NW
Washington DC 20001
Phone: (202) 508-6670
Fax: (202) 508-6671
E-mail: jpt [at] gciu.org
CWA/ITU Negotiated Pension Plan
831 S. Nevada Ave. Ste. 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Fax (719) 473-3134
Email: cwaitu [at] aol.com
If you believe that your pension fund was a local plan and part of the former GCIU - Graphic Communications International Union, GAIU - Graphic Arts International Union, or the IPGCU - International Printing and Graphic Communications Union, you should contact the Graphic Communications Conference (GCC) of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters at (202) 624-6800 for help to determine which local you belonged to. Note that some locals have merged over the years and your old local number may not be used anymore. For the International Typographers Union (ITU), which is now the Printing, Publishing, and Media Sector Workers of the Communications Workers of America (PPMSW/CWA), call 202-434-1238.