NWDC10
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Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:46 am

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11114240 Man, i really hope for NW and everyone the best. Robert NWDC10
 
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fxramper
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:48 am

Didn't Eastern do this before they liquidated?  Sad
 
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 9:52 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 1):
Didn't Eastern do this before they liquidated?

Yes. As well as Motorola, Lockheed, IBM, Verizon, and many other successful companies.

Too bad NW isn't one of the successful ones...
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 11:04 am

NWA pilots are getting more protection than their counterparts at US got, that's for sure. This really shouldn't come as a surprise. Both sides agreed to it some time ago. No trip to PBGC...
 
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:09 pm

so this would mean NW will survive through 2006?
 
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:31 pm

This means the pilots will keep the pensions earned up to this point, and a new 401K type pension plan will start from today until they retire. So they will get thier pension from two plans when they retire. One from the frozen plan and one from the new plan which starts now.
 
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 12:50 pm

Quoting COERJ145 (Reply 4):
so this would mean NW will survive through 2006?

Maybe yes, maybe no. If there is a pilot strike or an F/A strike, all bets arew off.

I must make a complement to replies #2, #3, and #5.

Give yourselves a hand N908AW, TOLTommy, and JAFA.

A pension freeze was mentioned in a thread title, and instead of the typical a.net knee jerk reaction, you all made factual and well reasoned explanitory posts.

Kudos.
 
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:10 pm

I always wondered why they didn't have 401Ks. Many businesses offer these as a retirement option. Aren't they safer?

I was reading the release from the MX/ground negotiations. The MX/ground didn't want a 401K but wanted the current system. It just doesn't make sense to me.

Good luck NW. Please stick around for those of us from the midwest.
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:21 pm

Quoting JAFA (Reply 5):
This means the pilots will keep the pensions earned up to this point, and a new 401K type pension plan will start from today until they retire. So they will get thier pension from two plans when they retire.

I think it's really the best solution for all involved-- in what is clearly a very bad situation. It's unfair to take away pensions already earned, but at the same time this creates a much better (i.e. more survivable situation) for the company. Both sides are to be commended for this logical and reasonable compromise.
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:27 pm

Quoting Centrair (Reply 7):
I always wondered why they didn't have 401Ks. Many businesses offer these as a retirement option. Aren't they safer?

I was reading the release from the MX/ground negotiations. The MX/ground didn't want a 401K but wanted the current system. It just doesn't make sense to me.

401K plans are defined contribution plans that are much safer as there are seperate accounts in the individual employee's name generally held by a 3rd party financial institution. Many companies prefer the 401K and similar defined contribution plans as they are much cheaper than the defined benefit plans they are currently bound to by union contract.

The difference between plan types is clear when you look at the names.

Defined Contribution Plan: For every period worked, the company will contribute a given amount of money to your private retirement account (often matching your own pre-tax contributions to the same account). The employee keeps almost complete control over the account and how it is invested. When the employee leaves the company, the company's obligation to the former employee is finished.

Defined Benefit Plan: After a certain vesting period, the company agrees to pay a given % of an employees salary to him each month after retirement until the empolyee and any spouse the employee may have dies. Not a bad deal when most employees died at 67 or so years old. Very expensivew with people reaching retirement in their 50s and living into their 90s.
 
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RE: Northwest To Freeze Pilot Pension Plan!

Wed Feb 01, 2006 10:36 pm

Before some of you start in with the " I'll bet management does not have their pensions frozen" remarks, that already occurred quite a while ago.

The IAM has chosen to turn the pension for their members over to the IAM pension managers. I think this is a mistake on their parts, just like back in the early 90's when the IAM chose to get preferred stock for their pay cuts, while the rest of the employee groups chose common stock. The common stock groups made a nice profit selling their stock on the open market.

Also, please notice that NWA has not dumped any pensions nor did they ever intend to. "NWA will dump pensions' was the subject of many postings on this board.