IBEW 212 CINCINNATI, OHIO
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Ohio Senators

Sherrod Brown
425 Walnut St., Suite 2310
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tel 513-684-1021
Fax 513-684-1029
Toll Free 1-888-896-6446 (OHIO)
Washington, DC: 202-224-2315
Email: https://www.brown.senate.gov/contact/email

Robert Portman
312 Walnut St., Room 3425
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tel 513-684-3265
Toll Free 1-888-205-6446 (OHIO)
Washington, DC: 202-224-3353
Email: https://www.portman.senate.gov/index.php/meet/contact

 

Kentucky Senators

Mitch McConnell
1885 Dixie Highway, Suite 345
Fort Wright, KY 41011
Tel 859-578-0188
Washington, DC: 202-224-2541
Fax: 202-224-2499
Email: 
https://www.mcconnell.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactform

Rand Paul
1029 State Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Tel 270-782-8303
Washington, DC: 202-224-4343
Email: 
https://www.paul.senate.gov/connect/email-rand

 

Indiana Senators

Mike Braun
115 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel 317-822-8240
Fax 317-822-8353
Washington, DC: 202-224-4814
Email: https://www.braun.senate.gov/contact-mike

Todd Young
251 North Illinois Street, Suite 120
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel 317-226-6700
Washington, DC: 202-224-5623
Fax: 202-226-6866
Email: 
https://www.young.senate.gov/contact/email-todd

 

 

 SAMPLE TELEPHONE SCRIPT

 Hello, my name is ________ and I live in _______.  

I am an active member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 212 (if appropriate also identify as a veteran). I am calling the Senator to oppose the Grassley-Alexander “Multiemployer Pension Recapitalization and Reform Plan.” 

This plan would bankrupt my pension plan and increase taxes on what little is left. 

When big banks and Wall Street were in trouble, Congress gifted them with a $700 billion bailout 2008. The multiemployer pension system, including the failing plans and the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, could be made whole by taking back just 0.005 (one half of one percent) of the 14-percent corporate tax break passed by Congress in 2017 at a cost of $1.4 trillion. 

I (will or already) pay payroll taxes on my pension checks, and now the Republicans want to add 10 percent in additional taxes. The Grassley proposal would also:
• Drastically increase Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) premiums
• Create massive new taxes on the wealth of workers
• Cap the discount rate at 6%, requiring plans to increase contributions and slash benefits. 
• Render our pension system unsustainable and result in government-induced market failure 

This proposal is not bipartisan and no part of it is acceptable to me or the IBEW. 

Congress needs to focus on finding solutions for failing plans, not devastate mine, which is in good shape. I urge the Senate to pass the bipartisan Butch Lewis Act, (H.R. 397), which passed the House on July 25, 2019, with IBEW support. It is a loan program, not a bailout. 

Butch Lewis is the best current proposal because it does not increase premiums and fees on healthy pension plans to support failing plans.  

The Mine Workers are most at risk and need immediate relief. I support the bipartisan American Miners Act (S. 2788).  

IBEW members didn’t cause this crisis. We have only worked hard and counted on the multiemployer pension system to be there for us and our families in our retirement years.  I hope you will stand with your constituents on this issue.

Thank you.