IMPORTANT: RETIREES RETURNING TO WORK

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There are certain rules that you need to be aware of if you are a retiree and you are considering returning to work.  Rules are different for dispatch versus your pension benefit versus eligibility for health and welfare coverage.  You need to be sure you understand these rules before you make your decision.

  • If you are going back to work as an operator, you should contact your district’s dispatch office to learn more about the hiring hall rules and you should also contact the Fund Office’s Pension Department (708-579-6630) to learn how your pension benefit will be affected.
  • If you are going back to work in a different capacity than an operator, you should contact the Pension Department to ensure the type of work you will be doing is not considered Disqualifying Employment which could result in a suspension of your monthly pension benefit.
  • If you are specialized in operating certain equipment and there is a need for your experience, you may be called back to work.  When this occurs, there are certain forms that you must complete and return to the dispatch office.
    1. You may be able to return to work under the Temporary Waiver of Suspension Rules.  This will allow you to return to work and continue to receive your monthly pension benefit from Midwest Operating Engineers.  Its imperative that you speak to dispatch and the Fund Office’s Pension Department (708-579-6630) so you understand the Temporary Waiver of Suspension Rules.
    2. At the time you are dispatched, you will also receive another form related to your health and welfare coverage. This form is necessary so that the Fund Office can process your medical claims. You will need to decide whether you want to remain on the Retiree Welfare Plan (RWP) or return to active plan coverage.  If you have any questions regarding this form, you should contact Member Services (708-579-6600).

Please stay informed so that you understand the impact of your decision to return to work. As always, the Fund Office is here to help you and answer any questions you may have.

 

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6150 Joliet Rd Suite OHC
Countryside, IL 60525
Tel: 708.485.2273 (CARE)