They made an attractive offer for me to leave and since I had 31 years, the pension is fully vested, so it was a matter of determining whether or not there were enough assets to not have to work. I really liked my final position at Ford as a powertrain planner. I had a great overview of what the company was doing and some actual input.
However, it turns out I REALLY don't miss it at all. My first post-retirement physical was 18 months after I retired and my doctor asked me how/why the numbers (BP, Chol, A1C) had improved so much........not working is good for you, if you can do it financially.
Lastly, while I understand I will be better off than most, I worked every day for 31 years, including considerable unpaid OT, with the understanding that some of these retirement benefits were guaranteed as an incentive/reward/contract to stay there, etc. Now, since the salaried retirees have absolutely no recourse, our benefits are cut as part of some HR person's yearly objectives so he can get a raise/bonus.
My basic feeling is that if the company needs to reduce benefits, do it to the people still working so that they have a chance to plan for it and the retirees should be maintained at the level of benefits they retired under. We'll all leave the system at some point...............
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