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The NYCDCC Pension Plan is meant to be an important supplement to your Social Security and other sources of retirement. The amount of your benefit is determined under Plan formulas described in your SPD.

How the Pension Trust Fund Works

  • The Union and your employer negotiate contribution levels and the Trustees set benefit levels. No contributions from you are required or permitted.
  • The Fund is administered by the Board of Trustees with representatives from the Union and the Contributing Employers.
  • The Fund is a separate legal entity established for the purpose of providing Plan benefits. The money in the Fund is used exclusively to provide benefits and cover Plan administration expenses.

Benefit Eligibility

There are three types of pensions currently available under the Plan.

  • Regular Pension
  • Disability Pension
  • Pro-Rata Pension

Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) Procedures for NYCDCC Pension Plan

 

*Please Note- Effective as of October 1, 2013, all participants are required to fill out two separate beneficiary forms. One form, which comes from the Fund Office, designates a beneficiary for your Pension and Welfare benefits. The second form, which comes from Prudential, designates a beneficiary for your Annuity benefits. If you have only completed one of these forms, your beneficiary designation will not carry over for both. Instead, your benefit for the form you have not completed will be paid out in the manner stated in the appropriate Summary Plan Description (“SPD”). Further, if you have failed to complete either form, all of your benefits will be paid out as stated in the SPDs. Participants should also note that beneficiaries should be changed on both forms in the event of a divorce or separation agreement. Divorce judgments and/or wills cannot always be applied to Pension, Welfare, and Annuity benefits without completed beneficiary forms. To read more about the beneficiary designation change made effective October 1, 2013, please click HERE.

 

Related Documents

Pension Summary Plan Description

Summary Of Material Modifications (SMM)

Summary of Material Modifications: NYCDCC Pension Fund Plan Changes- October 2017
Summary of Material Modifications NYCDCC Pension Plan Definition of Spouse- January 2015
Summary of Material Modifications NYCDCC Pension Plan MWA- January 2015
Pension Summary of Material Modifications- July 2013
Disability Pension Summary of Material Modifications- October 2013

Pension

Disability Pension Application
Pension Appeal Form
Pension Application

Other

Notice to Interested Parties NYCDCC Pension Plan- January 2014

 

To request any forms or documents that you do not see available on the website, please call the Benefit Funds Call Center at (800) 529-FUND (3863) or (212) 366-7373.

FAQs

Do I have to pay taxes on my pension?
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Yes. While you pay no taxes on the contributions that Contributing Employers make to the Plan while you are working, the monthly pension payments you receive from the Plan are taxable. You will receive more information on tax withholding when you become entitled to a Plan distribution.
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How soon after I stop working will I receive my first pension payment?
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If you are eligible for benefits, it takes two to three months to process an application, depending on when it is filed.
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Can I receive my pension in a lump sum?
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Generally, no. However, if the lump sum “actuarial” value of your benefit is $1,000 or less, your pension will automatically be paid in one lump sum.
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When are pension payments made?
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Your monthly pension payments will be sent/deposited at the beginning (first business day) of each month.
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How do I notify you of a change of address?
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Call the Fund Office at 800-529-FUND (800-529-3863) and access option 6 on the IVR. All address changes must be done in person at the Fund Office with a valid photo ID, or by returning an original notarized Change of Address form by mail. Faxed Change of Address forms will not be accepted.
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I retired a few years ago. My pension was being paid under the 50% Participant and Spouse form until my wife died a couple of months ago. Can I have my widowed sister replace her as my beneficiary?
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No. You cannot do that under this Plan. If your spouse dies before you, your benefit will pop up to the unreduced amount that would have been payable if you were not married when you retired, but you may not name a new beneficiary.
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Once my pension begins, can I change the optional form or type of pension?
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No. You cannot change the optional form of pension–such as changing from a 50% Participant and Spouse option to a 75% Participant and Spouse option, or a Single Life Pension, or removing the Social Security Level Income option.  Nor can you change the type of pension that you are receiving unless you cease to be eligible for that pension and subsequently qualify for a different type of pension.
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Can anyone other than my spouse receive a benefit from the Plan if I die before retirement?
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Only your surviving spouse can collect the “Pre-Retirement Surviving Spouse Pension” if you die before retirement. However, if you are not married, are active, and had at least four Vesting Credits, a lump sum benefit ranging from $3,000 to $10,000 (depending on the amount of your Vesting Credit) will be paid to your beneficiary. There is more information about this benefit in the section of the Summary Plan Description entitled “In the Event of Your Death Before Retirement.”
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I have been receiving pension payments for a few years and got divorced a couple of months ago. Next month I am going to get married again. I am receiving my payments under the 50% Participant and Spouse Pension and want to change my beneficiary so that my new spouse, not my ex-spouse, will get the benefit due when I die. Is this permissible?
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No. Your former spouse’s right to a survivor benefit vested at the time of your retirement, and your subsequent divorce does not affect his or her right to a survivor benefit. Therefore, your former spouse will be entitled to the survivor benefit when you die. Your new spouse will not be entitled to a survivor benefit.
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A friend told me the value of his 401(k) plan account dropped because of the stock market. Could this happen to my Pension Plan benefit?
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No. A 401(k) plan is a “defined contribution” individual account plan under which your benefit at retirement depends on the value of assets in your account when you collect your benefit. Our Plan is a “defined benefit” pension plan under which the benefit is calculated under a stated formula. The benefit calculated under this formula is not directly affected if Plan investments decline in value.
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How do I get an estimate of the current value of my pension?
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Log into the Member section of our website at www.nyccbf.org and select "View Pension Estimate" from the menu.
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My spouse and I would like to help our child with the down payment on a house. Can we get a loan from the Plan for that?
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No. This Plan does not allow you to borrow or withdraw money.
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*Disclaimer: The Funds have prepared these informal answers to frequently asked questions for the convenience of our participants and contributing employers.  The Funds have made every effort to provide accurate answers, but they are not legally binding and do not address every possible situation.  The Collection Policy, Trust Agreements, and Collective Bargaining Agreements are official legal documents and supersede any inconsistent statements herein.

 

Pension Contact Information

If you wish to learn more about your Pension Plan, or ask questions about your eligibility, please call the NYCDCCBF Member Services Call Center at (800) 529-FUND (3863) or (212) 366 7373.

Pension Contact Information

If you wish to learn more about your Pension Plan, or ask questions about your eligibility, please call the NYCDCCBF Member Services Call Center at (800) 529-FUND (3863) or (212) 366 7373.