Actuaries Urge Continuation of Efforts to Address Multiemployer Pension System Challenges

November 30, 2018
WASHINGTON—Following the congressional Joint Select Committee on Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans’ reaching its statutory deadline without coming to an agreement on proposed legislation to address multiemployer system solvency issues, the American Academy of Actuaries urges Congress to continue efforts to address the issues.

“The solvency challenges facing multiemployer plans are not going away on their own. These challenges have wide-ranging consequences for the participants and sponsors of distressed plans, as well as for the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation and taxpayers,” said Josh Shapiro, the Academy’s vice president, pension. “Time is of the essence in addressing multiemployer system challenges, as the potential consequences of inaction only grow with time.”  

The Academy looks forward to continuing to work with Congress, building on its significant contributions providing nonpartisan, actuarially informed expertise and advice regarding options to strengthen the multiemployer system. Leading up to and throughout the term of the joint select committee in 2018, the Academy helped shed light on those options for Congress and the public, by:
Learn more about the Academy’s public policy work on multiemployer issues under the “Public Policy” tab at


The American Academy of Actuaries is a 19,500+ member professional association whose mission is to serve the public and the U.S. actuarial profession. For more than 50 years, the Academy has assisted public policymakers on all levels by providing leadership, objective expertise, and actuarial advice on risk and financial security issues. The Academy also sets qualification, practice, and professionalism standards for actuaries in the United States.