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Billionaire Industrialist ‘No Match’ For Group Of Retired Steelworkers After Three-Year Battle - Renco Group Agrees To Restore Pension Benefits

Published Sunday, March 6, 2016
by Josh Kosman/nypost.com

(NEW YORK CITY) - Billionaire Industrialist Ira Rennert has proved to be no match for a group of Retired Steelworkers after a three-year battle.  Rennert’s holding company, Renco Group, will restore full Pension Benefits for 1,350 Retirees who worked at its bankrupt RG Steel Unit under a settlement with the U.S. Pension Agency.

The agreement announced late last week was a clear victory for the Federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.  Renco will take responsibility for the Pension Plans as of June 1st and pay $50 million to cover all the payments the agency has made to the Retirees.

The deal marks only the second time in the PBGC’s history that a terminated plan was restored to an employer.  The entity insures Multi-Employer Pension Plans and steps in when a plan doesn’t have enough money.

The PBGC claimed the mining mogul tried to evade paying the Retiree obligations by lying about the impending sale of the nearly bankrupt RG Steel.

The government entity said it would have terminated the plans if it had known a sale was imminent, saddling Renco with the pension costs.

Rennert’s company denied any wrongdoing.

“Renco strongly believes, as we have throughout, that the PBGC’s allegations were erroneous and that the company acted appropriately and within its rights when it concluded a financing transaction that had the incidental effect of releasing Renco from liability for RG Steel’s pension plans,” a spokesman said.

The PBGC sued Renco for $97 million over the January 2012 sale of a 24.5% stake in RG to Private Equity Firm Cerberus Capital Management.  The deal was aimed at pawning off RG Steel’s pension liability rather than saving the company, the agency alleged.

“The ‘singular purpose’ of Renco’s efforts to obtain financing for RG Steel was to ‘solve the company’s liquidity problem and save it from bankruptcy,’” the Renco spokesman.

The settlement followed a trial in December in Manhattan before U.S. Judge Richard Sullivan, who had yet to issue a decision.

Last year, a Federal Jury found Rennert and Renco liable for looting the former MagCorporation to build his 21-bedroom mansion in the Hamptons.

They were ordered in that case to repay the company $117 million.

To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go to: http://nypost.com/2016/03/05/renco-group-to-restore-pension-benefits-for-steelworkers/

 

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