Serving the Union Members of the Bakery and Confectionery Industry
The Bakery and Confectionery Union and Industry International Pension Fund is one of the largest Union pension funds in terms of assets. Monthly pension benefits are now mailed or electronically sent to more than 52,000 pensioners residing in every state. The monthly benefits paid total in excess of $42 million. An average of 225 new pensioners are added to the rolls every month.
Q: I am planning my retirement, how can I find out what my benefit will be? A: To find out what you may be eligible to receive from the Fund, you must file a pension evaluation request. Upon receipt of the evaluation request the Fund will verify your employment history and send you a print out which shows your pension credit and the monthly pension amount based on the options offered by the Fund, you may be eligible to receive at different ages.
A pension evaluation request can be obtained by contacting the Fund Office or your Local Union Office. You may also download a printable version of the evaluation request from the Documents section of the web site.
Q: I am considering applying for my pension benefit, how soon should I notify the Fund? A: We recommend that you file an application at least three months prior to when you want your pension benefit to begin. An application can be filed up to one year in advance of your effective date. An application (other than for a Disability Pension) that is filed more than one year prior to your effective date is null and void and a new application must be submitted to apply for benefits.
Q: When can I begin receiving my Pension? A: You can begin receiving your pension benefit when you meet the requirements for the type of pension you are applying to receive.
Q: How do I apply for my pension benefits? A: In order to apply for your pension benefit you must submit a pension application. The earliest date your pension benefit can begin is the month following receipt of your pension application.
An application can be obtained by contacting the Fund Office or your Local Union Office. You may also download a printable version of the application from the Documents section of the web site.
Q: When I apply for my pension what do I need to send to the Fund? A: You should send the following items to the Fund:
Your proof of age
Marriage Certificate (if applying for a Husband and Wife Pension)
Spouses proof of age
Divorce Decrees and Marital Settlement Agreements (if you have been divorced).
Q: At age 65 can I continue to work and begin to receive pension benefits? A: Individuals age 65 and over can earn an unlimited amount without a reduction in Social Security Benefits, therefore, if you are 65 or over you can continue to work in the Bakery and Confectionery Industry while receiving your pension.
You may work outside the Bakery and Confectionery Industry at any age without affecting your pension.
All benefits (if you are eligible) must begin no later than the April 1 following the year in which you reach age 70½, regardless of where you are working or the amount you are earning.
Q: If I keep working after age 65, will I continue to earn credit? A: Yes. If you continue working in covered employment after age 65 you will continue to accrue pension credit and your benefits will be adjusted annually to take into account any additional pension amounts that you have earned in the prior year.
Q: If I am age 65 and not working in the Industry, but I postpone applying for my benefits, how will the amount of my pension be affected? A: If you apply for benefits after age 65, your pension will begin the month following receipt of your application and your monthly benefit will be equal to the benefit to which you were entitled at age 65. However, this amount will be actuarially increased to account for each month after age 65 that your pension is postponed.
Q: What is a Qualified Domestic Relations Order? A: A Qualified Domestic Relations Order is a judgment, decree or order (including approval of a property settlement agreement) that relates to the provision of child support, alimony payments, or marital property rights to a spouse, former spouse, child or other dependent of a participant, which is made pursuant to state domestic relations law (including community property law) and meets specific criteria under federal pension law.
For further information regarding the Fund's policies, procedures and sample language for Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, please write to the address shown below:
Bakery and Confectionery Union and Industry International Pension Fund Attn: Plan Administrator 10401 Connecticut Ave. Kensington, MD 20895