WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Generally, to be eligible for Supplemental Plan benefits you must have received your Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan (the “Primary Plan”) pension for at least 12 months and your last Employer before retirement must have contributed to the Supplemental Plan for employees in your collective bargaining unit for at least 12 months. However, note the following eligibility requirements:
To qualify to receive an annual basic benefit which may increase:
• You must have worked only for contributing Employers throughout the last two years of
employment before your retirement, or
• If your Employer begins contributing to the Supplemental Plan after your Pension Starting Date, you will become eligible on the April 1st after your Employer has contributed for at least 12 months.
To qualify for a non-increasing annual benefit:
• Even though you may have worked for a non-contributing employer during the last two years before your retirement, you may still qualify if you were employed as a "casual" by one or more participating Employers for at least 1,000 hours during those two years.
Effective April 1, 2001, the preceding 1,000 hour rule was expanded to include regular as well as “casual” employment.
Effective April 1, 2004, the rule was expanded from 24 to 36 months, the period preceding your retirement during which you can qualify by working at least 1,000 hours for a Contributing Employer.
• If your last Employer has ceased contributing to the Supplemental Plan, you must have retired within 24 months after the contributions ceased. If you retired prior to April 1, 1987, different eligibility rules apply to you.
For some retirees who retired before April 1, 1983, there is a “Grandfather” provision for partial eligibility. If you qualify under the “Grandfather” provision, your annual benefit paid will not be less than $150.00.