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What You Should Know About the IUJAT 401(k) Plan

The Union is pleased that so many of our shops have included the 401(k) in their collective bargaining agreements and that many members within those participating shops are contributing a portion of their salary, on a tax deferred basis, into their 401(k) account. Time flies, and the day will come when it is time for us to retire. The steps that are taken now can have a major effect on how we spend our retirement, or whether we can afford to retire.
In the months that follow, we will be including articles on the website and in the newsletter in an effort to explain the benefits of a 401(k) plan, provide articles about what one should consider in preparing for retirement and what one should expect in retirement. We will also attempt to keep you up to date on what is going on with the finances of Social Security and any action taken by Washington to financially strengthen the Social Security system.

How Can You Participate in the IUJAT 401(k) Rertirement Plan?

  • In order for you to be able to participate in the IUJAT 401(k) Retirement Plan, you should:
  • Discuss participation with the other members within your shop;
  • Once you know the members are interested in participating, contact your Business Agent (BA) informing him that you would like your shop to be able to participate in the Plan;
  • Your BA will negotiate with your Employer to amend your collective bargaining agreement to include the participation of the members in the Plan.

Why Should You Participate In The IUJAT 401(K) Plan?

If retirement planning is a race, a smart approach to help you get to the finish line is generally not sprinting—but rather starting at a smart, steady pace and not slowing down. There’s a huge benefit to investing early and sticking with it. You can really see the snowball effect of investing over time. There are two primary reasons behind the snowball effect: the power of compounding and an investing principle known as dollar-cost averaging. Here’s how they work:

The Power of Compounding

  • You have the potential to earn returns on your returns. Compounding is the ability for investment returns to earn potential returns of their own. So over time you can make money not only on your original investment, but also on your accumulated gains from earlier years. Generally, the longer you hold your money in the account, the greater the potential your assets have to grow.
  • The effect can be dramatic. Over time you let the power of potential compound earnings work for you. The more you contribute, the more these savings may perform for you. A few dollars a week now may make tens of thousands of dollars of difference in retirement.
  • An example: The chart below shows the potential impact a small increase in contributions to the plan could have on retirement savings for a worker with a $35,000 salary.
  • You’ll be glad you started early. One-third of employees surveyed in The Principal Well-Being IndexSM for the second quarter of 2010 said not starting retirement saving early enough was an impediment to their financial goals. Many have taken the lesson to heart: One in five has boosted retirement saving since the recession began in 2008.
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Dollar-Cost Averaging

Slow and steady investing may help offset volatility of the market. If you repeatedly invest the same dollar amount, the idea is that you’ll buy fewer shares when prices are high and more  shares when prices are low—and your average cost will land somewhere in the middle.
It’s easy. By participating in the IUJAT 401(k) plan you are taking advantage of dollar-cost averaging automatically. Systematic contributions are being made to the retirement plan without you having to remember to invest.

You’ll develop the habit of saving. Even if you start small, setting aside something with every paycheck will build a lifelong saving routine.

IUJAT Provides Vital Protective Gear to Our Family Members in the Military

 USWU Local 455 Executive Board Member Mike Ricciardelli presented his nephew, Staff Sergeant Stephen Ricciardelli, Army 21st Military Police Company, deployed to Warded Afghanistan as part of a security transition team, with the ESS Interchangeable Component Eyeshields.

USWU Local 455 Executive Board Member Mike Ricciardelli presented his nephew, Staff Sergeant Stephen Ricciardelli, Army 21st Military Police Company, deployed to Warded Afghanistan as part of a security transition team, with the ESS Interchangeable Component Eyeshields.

The IUJAT continues to offer our members and their relatives in the military special protective eyewear.  This popular initiative has helped many of the IUJAT’s extended union family perform their duties safely. The military is not currently providing the troops with eyewear that is impact resistant and can protect the wearer from serious eye injury. The current goggles that the military provides to the troops protect from wind and sand, not shrapnel.

The ESS Interchangeable Component Eyeshield (ICE) is a complete yet lightweight eye protection system that offers a unique combination of high-ballistic impact resistance, unrestricted field of view, and interchangeable lenses for effective eye protection in any light condition.

Please inform the IUJAT at 203-205-0101 if you or another IUJAT member in your shop has an immediate family member serving active duty in the United States Armed Forces in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The IUJAT continues its program to provide our members and their relatives in the military with protective eyewear. This popular initiative has helped many of the IUJAT’s extended union family perform their duties safely. We have already provided these goggles to several young men and women in various branches of the military. Please contact us if you have a loved one on active military duty so that he or she can receive this vital gear as well.

IUJAT PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE - 12/13

Sisters and Brothers,

On November 9, the National Organization of Industrial Trade Unions (NOITU), IUJAT held its National Convention. I would like to congratulate NOITU on a successful event and especially congratulate its newly elected officers. NOITU and IUJAT have been affiliated since 2006, but NOITU has been a respected force in labor since 1953, when it was founded. For more than half a century, this union has had a rich history of improving the lives of its members through its excellent representation, dedication to hard work and integrity, innovation in organizing and its respect for its members.


At the Convention, National President Gerard Jones was re-elected to his position, which has been elevated to the number one position within NOITU. I would like to congratulate President Jones and commend him on his excellent leadership of this organization; I am confident that, under President Jones and his team, NOITU will continue to thrive in the future.

 From the NOITU National Convention: l-r: IUJAT Secretary-Treasurer Bill Sweeney, NOITU National Trustee Danny Lasky and NOITU National President Gerard Jones

From the NOITU National Convention:
l-r: IUJAT Secretary-Treasurer Bill Sweeney, NOITU National Trustee Danny Lasky and NOITU National President Gerard Jones


In his convention speech, President Jones gave a tribute to his mentor, and my dear friend, Danny Lasky. Mr. Lasky has stepped down from NOITU’s top post of National President Emeritus Elect, but will continue as a National Trustee. For over sixty years, Mr. Lasky has been the leader of NOITU. He led this organization honorably and deserves the credit for its successes over the years. It is gratifying to me to see my good friend Danny Lasky taking more time for himself at this stage in his life. He will always be a presence and force in the NOITU organization, but with President Jones at the helm, the future is bright for NOITU.


I am proud to have NOITU as an affiliate and gratified to have its leadership as my friends. The best of luck to everyone at NOITU. We’re proud of you.

In solidarity,
Steven R. Elliott, Sr.
International President
IUJAT