SUP Welfare Plan

Dear Participant: We are pleased to present SUP Welfare Plan's Summary Plan Description describing the benefits provided by the SUP Welfare Plan. The Plan was established in accordance with Collective Bargaining Agreements between the Sailors' Union of the Pacific and participating employers.

The Plan Description furnishes a brief description of the benefits to which you and your family are entitled, the rules governing these benefits, and the procedures that should be followed when making a claim. This booklet includes certain information concerning the administration of the Plan as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. We urge you and your family to read this booklet thoroughly so that you will be familiar with the benefits of the Plan. We are pleased to present this booklet describing the benefits provided by the SUP Welfare Plan.

April, 2019

Money Purchase Plan and 401(k) Withdrawals
In order for an active participant to withdraw money from the Money Purchase Plan or the 401(k) Plan, the member must sign a “Confirmation of Surrender of Seniority Shipping Rights.” By signing this form the member gives up all rights to work for any of the covered employers and the Sailors Union of the Pacific.
Withdrawal forms can be requested from the Plan office or online at under the SUP Welfare tab. 
Loans, Hardship Withdrawals, and In-Service Withdrawals are not permitted. 
All active medical and dental coverage will terminate in the month following the date of the withdrawal. As an example if the form is signed April 23, 2019, coverage will be terminated May 1, even if the sailor has earned eligibility beyond that date. 
Required Minimum Distribution
If an active participant is 70½ years of age, the member must work at least 62 days in a calendar year to remain an active participant and not be required to accept the Required Minimum Distribution. If the member works 62 days in a calendar year and takes the Required Minimum Distribution, the member must continue to take the Required Minimum Distribution in all following years even if 62 days are worked in the calendar year. 
If a member is 70½ years of age and does not work 62 days in a calendar year, the member will be required to take a Required Minimum Distribution.