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What is the Trust Fund?

How does the Trust Fund grow?

What expenses relating to the Plan may be paid out of the Trust Fund?




QUESTION: What is the Trust Fund?


ANSWER: The Trust Fund is a legal entity created as the result of a trust agreement signed by the Company and the Union. Contributions to the Plan, as negotiated in the collective bargaining agreement, as well as the investment earnings thereon, are held by this independent Trust Fund.




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QUESTION: How does the Trust Fund grow?


ANSWER: Trust Fund assets, except for assets held under the supplementary portion of the Plan, are invested by professional investment managers hired by the Trustees, with the assistance of other financial experts. Interest, dividends and other earnings from these investments flow to the Trust. Money comes out of the Trust Fund to pay benefits and to administer the Plan.

Trust Fund assets derived from voluntary participant contributions to the supplementary portion of the Plan are invested pursuant to participant direction.



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QUESTION: What expenses relating to the Plan may be paid out of the Trust Fund?


ANSWER: Generally, Plan assets are held exclusively to provide benefits to participants and beneficiaries and to defray reasonable administration and investment expenses. Assets may be used to pay any expenses reasonably related to administration and investment and authorized by the Plan. Each year you receive a Summary Annual Report which specifies these expenses.




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