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I'm very sorry that this is happening to you. I also hate being the bearer of bad news, but whether or not you are covered by a pension depends entirely on the contract that the Union negotiates with your employer. There is no law that requires that such contracts include grandfather clauses. It sounds like the Union has no interest in negotiating a grandfather clause. And there is no way to force them to do so through the courts. It is up to the membership to vote to adopt the contract the Union negotiates. If most of the membership are younget they likely willhave little interest in voting down a contract because it does not help some of the older members such as yourself.
I truly wish I had better news for you or an alternative route for you to take. I would not want to mislead you into expending time and money for a cause with no likelihood of success. Still you may want to take the meeting with the UNion VP to discuss your situation. Perhaps you can leverage that meeting into networking into the Union in some other way that might be advantageous to you. In any event the meeting can not hurt you.
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