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I worked for Westinghouse from 1971 thru Sept. 1995! Am I

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My name is Ronald ******! I worked for Westinghouse from 1971 thru Sept. 1995! Am I entitled to a pension?
JA: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?
Customer: Virginia
JA: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?
Customer: Union full time
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: No
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.

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Did you have a pension plan mentioned in your employment contract? Was money being put away as part of your pay into that pension plan? Was there an employee handbook which promised a pension plan?

If the answer to any of those questions us yes, then someone in your situation may be entitled to a pension. A pension is not a "right," it is a contractual obligation. No one can tell you whether you had it - you'd need to research this.

However if the answer to the above is "no," I am afraid that likely, there is no right to a pension.

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Customer: replied 9 months ago.
We had a union contract and I worked full time.
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.
Did the union contract call for a pension?
This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
it was in the contract.
Expert:  Ely replied 9 months ago.
Then someone in your situation likely had a pension built up... if it was ever set up to begin with. You can call 1-***-***-**** to talk to a specialist from that company on whether or not this exists. That number is ***** former US employees with Westinghouse division operating in the United States.
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