In the Spirit of Honore' Daumier
You sound very young. Be grateful for a husband who is providing for his family. Take care of the home and stop whining. My husband ran his own business for years and took very good care of us. I always drove a new car and my children had everything they needed and more. I appreciated what little time we had together and never ever nagged about his working hours. 42 years later we are both retired/ (me with my UPS pension) Life is good.
I am presuming that you retired as a manager under the UPS Retirement Plan...Does anybody know about the statistics of Women that ever reached the level of a full retirement at UPS, particularly if they are UNION.
It is well documented on the bias and discriminatory nature of our pension benefits...One person gets this, another one that according to what region or conference they are under. The fact is that our negotiators have for decades left members behind by failing to address or even stand up to the Company when they blatantly violate the Contract on Pension Contributions or improvements. The Company sees this and acts accordingly all the while pointing to our negotiators and secretly laughing at them in their board meeting for their hypocrisy or perceived stupidity.
Taking the moral high ground has become passe... now we are in a society where anything goes if you can get by with it and if caught hire the best law firm around and find an out. When the Union appears to permits discriminatory practices against any of their membership the Company will start abusing those members till the Union Leadership says "NO" and show some intestinal fortitude or start drawing a line.
What is really needed with this Contract is a 25 and out any age with a minimum of 3,000...some Conference already have that and better. I am pointing to the Central and Southerns' IBT/UPS pension service (25 any age) formula that has not been improved on since it's inception in 2008...2,000 a month..before the health and welfare payments of 200 or 400. So for 25 years of full time service you will take home roughly 1,300 a month after your Healthcare expenditure and taxes... Live off of that with no COLA in place or healthcare before age 55....Good Luck...
Another issue is the part timer's pension plan under again the Central and Southern...benefits stop at 35 years no improvements after that even if you retire with 50 years of service. Their service levels benefit formula is even more pathetic than the IBT/UPS full timers plan, while meanwhile the Company is holding on to their part time service credits and paying peanuts for those vested years.
Maybe it is a "Private Understanding" between the Company and the past Union Leadership that both parties do not want a decent early out pension formula for their employees or members. More money coming in less going out to cover pension and Health and Welfare coverages...sort of makes sense...