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Notice from Victoria Beckner (Presson)

on 23 March 2016.

I am the widow of Eastern Pilot, Gerald V Presson, who passed 9/26/1976.

When contacting the PBGC about my own Eastern Pension, they said I likely was eligible for my husband’s Eastern pension as we were married at the time of his death. He had 10 years and 3 months service with the Company, and thus was vested.

After a 1 hour interview with the PBGC, I was told the PBGC would research the matter and respond within 12 months.

I got ALPA, my Congressman Curt Clawson and Senator Bill Nelson in on the situation.

I received a phone call from my Congressman’s office telling me that I would receive a letter stating no benefits would be paid. Because Gerry passed away before the Retirement Equity Act of 1984, which provided for surviving spouses to claim a share of their spouse’s pension, the finding was that the PBGC had no obligation.  The PBGC told the Congressman’s staff member that the Collective Bargaining Agreement in place at that time specifically denied benefits to any pilot’s survivors if the pilot was less than 50 years of age at the time of death.

I am seeking any information anyone has about this Collective Bargaining Agreement and anyone with knowledge of spouses whose claims of pensions were honored and also those whose claims were not honored.

As my husband would have been eligible to begin retirement on 12/15/1996, this claim denial could be important to myself and others. I also have no idea if the pension accrual amounted to much. Any assistance would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Victoria Beckner (Presson)

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