Summary Plan Description (Revised January 1, 2012)

Statement of Purpose
 

Dear Participant and Family:

The Carpenters Retirement Plan of Western Washington became effective January 1, 1960 and is one of two retirement plans provided as part of your negotiated fringe benefit package. The Carpenters Retirement Plan is designed to provide you, or you and your spouse or other designated beneficiary with a lifetime monthly income after you retire from the building trades. The plan is also designed to provide you, or you and your spouse or other designated beneficiary with a monthly income if you become disabled prior to your retirement. The plan may also provide your spouse or other designated beneficiary a benefit if you die prior to your retirement. The plan was established and is administered by a Board of Trustees. An equal number of employee and employer members are elected to the Board by their organizations in Western and Central Washington. The operation of the plan is governed by an agreement and declaration of trust. It provides that all funds must be used to provide pensions and related benefits to eligible participants and their beneficiaries, and for operating expenses and administrative costs.

This plan booklet is divided into two sections. The first section is the summary plan description (SPD). The summary plan description is a summary of plan benefits and plan provisions. The second section is the plan document. The plan document contains the legal provisions governing the plan. As you read the summary plan description you will find cross-references to the corresponding sections in the plan document. If any discrepancy exists between these two sections, the terms of the plan document govern.

We encourage you to read this booklet carefully. If you have any questions or concerns about this booklet or about the plan in general, please contact Retirement Services at the Trust Office. The address and telephone numbers are on the back cover of this booklet.

Board of Trustees
Carpenters Retirement Trust
of Western Washington