Please see the questions and answers 67 and 68 here:
No! If a person can qualify for membership in a local union, he can qua
lify for the
coverage which are part of that membership.
Why do provisions of the I.B.E.W. Constitution deny a member the right to assign
the benefits of the Pension Benefit Plan?
To protect the member’s benefits from
the claims of creditors.
Can a member receiving a pension benefit waive his monthly pension payments,
return to activity in the electrical industry,
have the pension benefit
payments resumed when the member retires once again?
If the member is again engaged in the electrical industry, it is mandatory that the
member resume the payment of dues and, through his local union, notify the International
Treasurer to cease paying the monthly pension benefit. When the member
gain retires, dues payments will be discontinued and pension payments will be resumed,
upon proper notice to the International Secretary
Treasurer. If the I.B.E.W. Pension
Benefit Fund is not notified in a timely manner of a member’s return to work and
ntinues to pay a pension benefit for some time, the member must return the benefits
paid while he was working. If the benefits are not repaid, the Fund may withhold all
benefits when the member again retires from working until the overpaid benefits are
Why is a member who is receiving pension benefits not permitted to do electrical
work of any kind?
The pension benefit is for those “A” members who retire from working at the electrical
industry. The fact that they receive a pension
being paid for partly by those members
who continue to work, pay dues, and struggle for better pay and working conditions
would give the pensioned member an unfair advantage in the labor market.
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