Fund Considers More Attacks on Benefits: More Cuts Ahead? In a publication sent only to Teamster leaders the Central States Fund reported that they are considering cuts to Teamster members benefits. These cuts would be a huge financial blow to Teamster families. Any cuts would also betray the International Unions promises to us during contract bargaining that our benefits for Teamsters at UPS and in freight and carhaul would be maintained and protected. The list of potential cuts includes: Cutting medical benefits or services. Cutting accruals to the pension plan. Instituting higher co-pays and deductibles. Further increasing the amount paid by retirees for medical coverage. Implementing and boosting co-pays on prescriptions. The fund refers to these attacks on benefits as responsible and reasonable cost sharing. Have your local officers relayed the news of this threat to the members? Although local officers were given this news in the FundsFocus bulletin earlier this summer few have brought it to the attention of members or retirees. Nor has the fund communicated with participants about their plans. The news blackout on the threatened cuts underlines the need for greater accountability on the part of the fund and the union trustees on the fund.