You may have received some mail from the AFM-EPF encouraging you to write the Joing Select Committee (see below). If so, Tom and I want to add our urgings to the ones from the Pension Fund and encourage you to write your representatives.
A year ago when the AFM-EPF started their roadshows, we had some hopes that new sources of funding such as new royalty income streams, benefit concerts or other creative efforts from the AFM and from members would appear. Sadly, to the best of our knowledge, the funding situation remains unchanged and is best described by a Merle Travis paraphrase as "One year older and deeper in debt".
Furthermore, no one, (including us), has been able to come up with a proposal that provides a sure path to fund solvency while also avoiding benefit cuts and raising the benefit multiplier.
So it seems we are in the sad position of seeking governmental help. Even if we receive modest help from the government and still have to endure benefit cuts, government aid might at least allow the fund to finally raise the benefit multiplier above $1.
It may appear unlikely that the government will help failing pensions. However, it is the nature of government officials that the more letters on an issue they receive, the more important that issue becomes. So we urge you to read the AFM-EPF mailing carefully, follow their guidelines closely, and mail your letter as soon as possible.
You may then join us by crossing your fingers.