Linda Ponce

Lake Hiawatha, NJ

I was an employee of the Hospital Center at Orange in NJ for 27 years, until the hospital was closed 7 years ago. Through the years we were always told that our retirement money was ours, no one could touch it, it was safe, etc. Well, since it was changed to a church plan several years ago, we have been told the funds will be gone in about 3 years! I don't have another 27 years to work with another employer, and with the worsening economy, my current employer is cutting benefits. It is just not fair that I will have to struggle in my golden years. And my poor former co-workers who have already retired are in an even worse position. We need support to have our pension plan "unchurched" and protected again.