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Old 04-20-2018, 05:52 PM   #1
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An Unexpected Income "Stream"!

Back in the late 70s and early 80s, I had worked at a chain grocery store for about 7 years in total: high school and afterwards, and then again through college.

The other day the DW mentions I should check with the union to see if I am entitled to a pension. I mostly worked part-time, but occasionally put in enough hours to qualify as full-time. I thought it would be a waste of time, but heck, I'm retired so it gave me something to do.

I google the mega union I belonged to and locate their pension dept. To my surprise, it turns out that I worked enough hours to generate a pension of $137 per month!

If not for the DW, I would never have even thought about this. So, I told her that I will use the pension check every month to take her out for a nice lunch.
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Old 04-20-2018, 05:58 PM   #2
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That's cool, CoolRich!
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:00 PM   #3
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Nice surprise for you and nice treat for your wife! Congrats!!
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137 is a NICE lunch....
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:25 PM   #5
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Nice find and nice score!
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:30 PM   #6
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I put in 4 years with Budweiser and will get $248 a month, union dues were $50 a month so I have $2400 invested in the fund, within 10 months of drawing on it I will have my investment back just gotta wait 12 more years
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Thanks everyone.

As one of my colleagues used to say: Whenever someone offers you free money, take it.
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Old 04-20-2018, 06:51 PM   #8
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Yeah Baby!

Always nice to "find" good things you weren't expecting.

You be sure to blow all that dough now ya hear -
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Old 04-20-2018, 07:29 PM   #9
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Good for you CoolRich ! Enjoy your time with DW. You earned it.
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That is awesome! A nice meal out each month. Or, maybe more appropriate, a nice trip to the grocery store each month!
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137 is a NICE lunch....
That's my thinking...a super nice treat each month. Great news for you both!
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Very nice! I hope you and DW enjoy those lunches.
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Old 04-20-2018, 09:19 PM   #13
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WOW! That is about as cool as it gets. LOL
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137 is a NICE lunch....
How many is that in "dollar menu" lunches?
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Finding $137 you didn’t know you had is really nice.

Finding it every month is even better
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Too funny how life works sometimes
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Too funny how life works sometimes

Hey CoolRich59, thanks so much for posting this! I also worked for a union grocery chain for 4-5 years in high school and college back in the 70's and early 80's! I am going to have to figure out how to check with them to see if I get anything.

The union I was in was the UFCW, I remember that because they used to come to my parents house and do my taxes for me!
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Hey CR59, I'm a member as well!

Moved from mega-c*rp subsidiary to HQ in 2006. In 2012, I got notice that pensions were being phased out??!! Turns out that when I moved to HQ, I became eligible for a pension Never had a clue. I took it at 60 when I retired. It's non-cola'd, but 100% joint survivable.
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Nice public service announcement-thanks!
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hmmmmmmm I worked in a grocery store and was in the union during my high school and college years also ... I'm going to have to figure out if I can get some free cash too ! Congrats and enjoy your monthly treat !
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