114 Multiemployer Pension Plans Projected to Fail Within 20 Years

Source: Stephen Miller, SHRM, August 29, 2017

Failing union pensions may seek relief through reduced payouts.

As many as 114 multiemployer pension plans covering nearly 1.3 million workers are severely underfunded and headed toward failure within the next 20 years.

The forecast, from a new analysis by actuarial consulting firm Cheiron Inc., draws on the latest annual financial reports filed by multiemployer pension plans with regulators. The troubled plans have total assets of $43.5 billion and liabilities of $79.9 billion, leaving unfunded liabilities—future benefit payouts promised to retirees and beneficiaries for which reserve funds have not been set aside—of $36.4 billion.
Unfunded Liabilities of the 114 Failing Multiemployer Pension Plans
Source: Cheiron, August 2017
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