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Will Teamsters' pensions be saved?

Mike Walden has worked to protect Teamsters' pensions from cuts proposed by the Central States Pension Fund. Listen to the hints he says suggest Kenneth Feinberg will reject the proposed cuts in a ruling next week for the U.S. Treasury. (Video by Mark Davis, The Kansas City Star, April 28, 2016)

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Will Teamsters' pensions be saved?

Mike Walden has worked to protect Teamsters' pensions from cuts proposed by the Central States Pension Fund. Listen to the hints he says suggest Kenneth Feinberg will reject the proposed cuts in a ruling next week for the U.S. Treasury. (Video by Mark Davis, The Kansas City Star, April 28, 2016)
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Will Teamsters' pensions be saved? 00:57

Will Teamsters' pensions be saved?

March for higher minimum wage in Kansas City 01:37

March for higher minimum wage in Kansas City

Weave Gotcha Covered hires women wanting to get out of poverty 01:51

Weave Gotcha Covered hires women wanting to get out of poverty

Teamsters air complaints about pension cuts 02:35

Teamsters air complaints about pension cuts