Pension Statements Mailed

It's that time of year again...AFM-EPF Pension Fund Statements are in the mail, and if pension contributions have been made on your behalf, you should have received one by now.

It is important to review your statement and make sure that all of your contributions are listed. You'd be surprised at the number of people who wait until they plan to retire and then call the Local wondering why they're not receiving a pension check. The Pension Fund has a policy in place where they will only investigate errors in pension contributions that are no more than three years old...the long it's been, the harder it is to come up with documentation to prove whether a contribution should have been credited. And mistakes are made...typos in social security numbers, checks lost in the mail, etc. all leading to less pension when you retire unless those mistakes are corrected when they first happen.

Those of you who worked for Sunset Entertainment while they were signatories to the Fund should take particular care in reviewing your statements. Despite Sunset's delinquency, the Fund gave credit to musicians who performed for Sunset through the summer of 2008. However, as some of the report forms may have had to have been reconstructed by the Fund, there is a chance that some musicians may have been left off. Please contact the Local or the Fund if you think you may be missing contributions.

As always, we recommend that you retain paystubs, W-2s, and 1099s as evidence at least until after you have reviewed your annual Pension Fund statement (if not longer).

If you have any questions, please call the Local. If you think you should have received an annual statement from the Pension Fund but did not, you can call the Fund at 800-833-8065 and ask them to send you one (and make sure they have your current address while you've got them on the phone!)

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