Pension-law proposal would hit some retirees\
The proposal, which would undo guarantees put in place by federal law in 1974, is already stirring controversy among pension-rights advocates and rank-and-file union members. It was developed by some of the nation’s biggest unions, including the Teamsters and United Food and Commercial Workers, and industry trade groups such as the Associated General Contractors of America.
Pension experts say a report issued by the group earlier this year will likely serve as the foundation of a bill to replace rules governing pensions that expire in 2014. Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa), chairman of the Senate committee overseeing pension policy, called the proposals, which include cutting retiree benefits, “a starting place.” ...