Retired truckers protest potential pension cuts on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON -  Thousands of retired truckers hit Capitol Hill on Thursday to ask Congress to rescind a law that might reduce their pensions by as much as 70 percent.

The participants in a troubled 400,000-member multi-employer pension fund called Teamsters' Central States Fund were there to protest a 2014 provision they say will impose financial hardships on retirees, such as bankruptcies, lost houses and the inability to buy medicines.

"This will kill people – this will maim people," predicted Mike Walden of Cuyahoga Falls, who retired after 31 years as a driver for Roadway Express. "This will lead to strokes and heart attacks when people can't afford their medications."

Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa said Congress should be willing to help out ordinary workers after it bailed out Wall Street.

"We will use every resource available to our union to stop these cuts," he said.

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Retired truckers protest potential pension cuts on Capitol Hill