The Western Conference of Teamsters Pension Plan was established in 1955 through collective bargaining between labor and management.
Today your Plan is the largest area-wide multiemployer pension plan in the United States. It covers more than 230,000 active participants through pension agreements negotiated by Teamster local unions with about 5,200 employers in 13 Western states.
Over its more than 50 years of existence, the Western Conference has provided substantial, secure retirement benefits to more than 600,000 retirees and survivors. In 2012, the Western Conference served over 375,000 active and inactive vested participants and over 205,000 retirees, with participants or retirees located in every State. Almost 1,700 employers contribute to the Western Conference, including numerous small businesses. These employers represent more than 50 diverse industries—including grocery and food distribution, package delivery, manufacturing, clerical, beverage bottling, law enforcement, entertainment, waste disposal, and health care. Almost three-quarters of the contributing employers have fewer than 50 employees.
The Western Conference remains a well-funded pension plan and has been certified in the Green Zone every year since the PPA first created the zone ranking system for plan funding. Read a recent mailing that gives estimates of how the fund is currently doing by clicking here.
Here are some of the major industries with contributing employers:
Feed and Grain
Freight and Package Delivery
Glass & Paint
Lumber & Paper
Motion Picture & Theater
Newspapers & Magazines
Public & Professional Employees
Recycling and Waste Management
Sand & Gravel
Taxi & Limo
Van and Storage